On Friday, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that his first choice for Director of National Intelligence, Republican Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas, decided to remain in Congress.
Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media. Rather than… https://t.co/HMqCr55cJ9— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1564769194.0
....John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the peopl… https://t.co/fZHW0eo1Zr— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1564769194.0
@vicenews @VICE I like it how our gov announces things by “presidential tweet” now...— Chris P. 👩🏼🚀📈⚡️ (@Chris P. 👩🏼🚀📈⚡️) 1564772512.0
@UnfollowTrump 'I wanted a bootlicker but he was too much of a dumpster fire even for me so I unfriended him via Tw… https://t.co/RNpXUMgD0w— Tardis_lass (@Tardis_lass) 1564772363.0
Ratcliffe had been dubbed the least qualified for National Intelligence in history. Among Ratcliffe's easily found faults were lies on his resume and in his various claims.
Sen. Ron Wyden: "Ratcliffe is the most partisan & least qualified individual ever nominated to serve as DNI. The su… https://t.co/jtatqKNQNW— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1564432221.0
The Ratcliffe stuff is really something. Haven't seen a Trump pick for a big job fall apart so quickly since at lea… https://t.co/CArTJjEJaG— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1564753489.0
Because of the ease with which the press found Ratcliffe's lies, many questioned the White House vetting process of their nominees.
Hey @realDonaldTrump: Can you please do some due diligence before impulsively putting someone up for nomination (eg… https://t.co/kpwucPVWA3— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1564769789.0
Ratcliffe's DNI career in miniature: WED: impress POTUS with hearing attack on Mueller SUN: president tweets you ar… https://t.co/ckGTPFPx9w— Greg Miller (@Greg Miller) 1564770912.0
@realDonaldTrump Yeah, maybe you should have done some vetting first and figured out much of his resume was exagger… https://t.co/EQw7pSS3Hg— Pé Resists (@Pé Resists) 1564769641.0
How much would you bet that Ratcliffe wasn't vetted at all before Trump announced the pick? https://t.co/yfKthkK7wk— MoveOn (@MoveOn) 1564600740.0
White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked President Trump about it while he spoke to reporters on his way to his Bedminster golf resort for the weekend.
My Q to Pres Trump: What does this withdrawal by Ratcliffe say about the White House vetting process? This is at l… https://t.co/aOKywRyaiI— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor) 1564775430.0
Pres Trump's full answer to my question which was, what does this withdrawal by Ratcliffe say about the White House… https://t.co/RlG9QcKqIi— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor) 1564777469.0
Watch the exchange here, moments after Trump blamed the press for finding Ratcliffe's lies.
Trump admits media vets for him: "When I give a name, I give it out to the press, & you vet for me...the vetting pr… https://t.co/wfHRwBQ0nw— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1564777404.0
@Yamiche he trusts the press to vet his appointees while saying the press is fake? typical trump talking out both sides of his pinched mouth— the always SITTING president (@the always SITTING president) 1564775617.0
@Yamiche The press that nobody is supposed to believe because of all the fake news?! He can’t even keep up with his OWN BS.— Ye Old House of Jessica (@Ye Old House of Jessica) 1564775799.0
@matthewjdowd #Trump said #Ratcliffe was treated unfairly by the press. Apparently that's because they looked into… https://t.co/ewSzI4nvjD— I M Hop (@I M Hop) 1564777420.0
The President stated he had a sheet of paper in his pocket with his shortlist of new nominees. He declined to produce the piece of paper.