Friday, 16 August 2019 10:40 WIB |
Washington's top two intelligence officials spent their last day on the job Thursday, leaving the nation's spy agencies in the hands of an acting director as U.S. President Donald Trump moves ahead with an overhaul of the country's intelligence leadership.
The departures of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and his top deputy, Sue Gordon, come as tensions rise between China and a protest movement in Hong Kong, and while other potential crises simmer in the Persian Gulf, on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere.
Trump announced Coats™ resignation on Twitter late last month and followed up less than two weeks later with a tweet about the resignation of Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon, who had been in line to become the acting director.
But in a note accompanying her resignation letter, Gordon made clear her departure was an œact of respect & patriotism, not preference.
"Simply put, I love America," Gordon said in a farewell letter to the U.S. intelligence community posted Thursday on Twitter.
"What we do makes a difference," she wrote. "Remember why we work so tirelessly, and all will be well."
Also Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who previously served as the nation's top spymaster at the Central Intelligence Agency, praised Coats for his tenure as the country's lead intelligence official.
Source : VOA