US intelligence chief resigns after Donald Trump’s win
The United States’ intelligence Chief James Clapper has reportedly resigned as Donald Trump is set to sworn in as the country’s next President in January.
James Clapper submitted his resignation Wednesday evening and expected to stay until the end of the Obama administration, media reports said.
During a U.S. congressional intelligence committee hearing, Clapper said, “I submitted my letter of resignation last night which felt pretty good. I’ve got 64 days left,” Reuters news agency reported.
Clapper is the fourth director of national intelligence and was appointed by Barack Obama in 2010. In interviews with NBC News last year, Clapper said that he was counting down the days to stepping down at the end of Obama’s final term in Oval office.
Clapper, who earlier clashed with President-elect Donald Trump’s aide Michael Flynn, felt “pretty good” about the decision to resign, The Guardian revealed.
Clapper’s tenure in office was marked by combating the controversies over the whistleblower Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency revelations.