Mr. Trump said in a tweet on Thursday that Joseph Maguire, the current chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, will become the acting director of national intelligence on August 15, when Dan Coats, the current director of the agency overseeing civilian and military intelligence, steps down.
Maguire will replace Dan Coats, who said last month that he would step down on August 15.
But Burr also praised National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Director Maguire, the president's choice to lead the intelligence community in the interim.
"Admiral Maguire has a long and distinguished career in the military, retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2010", Trump tweeted. He commanded at every level, including the Naval Special Warfare Command.
Gordon's departure is the latest instance of tumult in the Intelligence Community, and it's generating significant concern among national security officials.
Trump had meant to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, as the director of national intelligence. "Know that our people are our strength and they will never fail you or the nation. It has been an honor", Gordon wrote in her resignation letter, obtained by ABC News. The National Counterterrorism Center is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
"Former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper have found a new home as cable news pundits, outspoken critics of Trump and promoters of the 'Russiagate" conspiracy.
It's unclear whom Trump is considering for director of national intelligence, but he has recently spoken with Fred Fleitz, a former chief of staff for the National Security Council. He also said that the White House vetting process is "very good" and told the press: "You vet for me".
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Unlike outgoing Director of National Intelligence Coats, who publicly clashed with Trump on several occasions, Gordon tended to avoid any public spats.
Trump did not mention which media reports he said had treated Ratcliffe unfairly.
"The mission of the intelligence community is to speak truth to power", Warner said. Under federal law, if the director of national intelligence post becomes vacant, the deputy director will take the reins of the agency.
Gordon's non-appointment is again fueling criticism Trump is politicizing the apolitical USIC, and will reward his loyalist appointees at the expense of long-serving career professionals.
Trump's apparent distrust of the intelligence community can be traced back to the 2016 presidential campaign when he first cast doubt on Russia's efforts to interfere in United States elections despite stark warnings from top national security officials.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers had said they wanted Gordon, a career intelligence official, to fill in for Coats.
Warner praised Gordon's tenure and called her departure "a great loss not only to the intelligence community, but to the country".
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Democrats have accused Mr Trump of pushing out two dedicated intelligence professionals.