Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Trump says DNI nominee Ratcliffe will "rein in" intelligence agencies

This image shows Ratcliffe speaking while wearing a suit at a hearing.
Ratcliffe questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 24, 2019. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump said on Tuesday that he believes the U.S. intelligence community has "run amok," and that Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), his controversial nominee to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, would "rein it in."

Why it matters: Ratcliffe, who defended Trump and "downplayed the threat posed by Russia" at former special counsel Robert Mueller's hearing last week, is not well-known by many Republican senators or trusted by Democrats, per Politico. Democrats worry that as a "relentless critic of the Russia investigation," Ratcliffe would turn the director of national intelligence into a partisan position, in addition to lacking the necessary experience for the nation's top intelligence job, the NYT reports.

Trump denies Iran's claim that it captured 17 CIA spies

An Iranian flag seen amass against the cloudy blue sky on April 22, 2013 in Tehran, Iran.
Photo: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

Iranian intelligence officials said on Monday that they had detained 17 people on suspicion of being spies for the CIA and that some have been sentenced to death, according to Iran's state media.

What's new: President Trump said that Iran's claim is "totally false" on Twitter. "Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!" he tweeted.