"Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him", he continued. "I would like to thank Joe Maguire for the wonderful job he has done", Trump tweeted, "and we look forward to working with him closely, perhaps in another capacity within the Administration!"
It remains to be seen what the state of the global initiative to decriminalize will be in the aftermath of Grenell's appointment as head of USA intelligence.
The idea of having a Director of National Intelligence had been floated since the 1950s, but the role was not created until the aftermath of 9/11.
Trump was furious and blamed Maguire when they met the day afterward, the Post reported.
Current acting Director Maguire, who was required to leave soon under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, had been director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center and had a 36-year career as a Naval Special Warfare Officer.
"Our troops, the patriots of our intelligence community and the American people deserve a smart, strong national security policy". Maguire assumed the post after retiring from the Navy.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before the House Select Committee on Intelligence in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 26, 2019.
Donald Trump is planning to appoint the USA ambassador to Germany, a combative loyalist, to his administration's most senior intelligence post, in his continuing effort to wield personal control over the spy agencies, according to multiple U.S. reports.
A year ago at the United Nations General Assembly, Grenell said he's "proud" to serve a president who has achieved the "perfect balance" between restraint and use of force.
Critics assailed the appointment of Grenell as an acting director - meaning he will not require Senate approval - and for his perceived lack of experience in intelligence matters. Mark R. Warner of Virginia, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said Mr. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
The new job ends Grenell's tenure in Berlin, where he had been the top diplomat for almost two years.
Grenell retweeted the US President as well as Republican Kevin McCarthy, who said Grenell was a great choice and proved he was fighting for his country. "Sadly, President Trump has once again put his political interests ahead of America's national security interests by appointing an Acting Director of National Intelligence whose sole qualification is his absolute loyalty to the President", Pelosi said in a statement.