Report: Trump again considering Ratcliffe for intel chief

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CNN is reporting President Donald Trump is again considering nominating North Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe to be the next Director of National Intelligence.

Trump tapped the Rockwall Republican whose district includes Grayson, Fannin and Lamar counties for the same job last year, but Ratcliffe withdrew his name from consideration amid bipartisan concerns about his qualifications.

According to a CNN report Tuesday, Trump has had preliminary discussions with Ratcliffe and another candidate, US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra, about the DNI job in recent days, according to multiple sources. The president could speak with potential nominees in the coming days.

Trump has teased the potential announcement of a nominee in recent days.

"We are talking to five different people right now," Trump told reporters of the discussions on Tuesday, while visiting India. He said a decision would come "very shortly," citing the next week or two.

Ratcliffe was first elected to represent Texas' Fourth Congressional District, which includes Grayson, Fannin and Lamar counties, in 2014 when he unseated 17-term incumbent Ralph Hall.

It's not the first time Ratcliffe's name has come up for a high profile position. In late 2018, Trump reportedly considered Ratcliffe for the role of Attorney General before appointing William Barr.