The director of national intelligence reportedly said it felt ‘pretty good’ to hand in his resignation letter
One of the US’s top security chiefs has resigned just days after Donald Trump was voted as president-elect.
James Clapper, director of national intelligence, reportedly handed in his resignation letter on Wednesday evening.
“I have 64 days left and I would have a hard time with my wife for anything past that.”
The resignation, which comes as Mr Trump is carrying out his transitional meetings, is one of the first from president Obama’s administration. All members of Mr Obama’s administration must submit their resignations before the new president is inaugurated.
Mr Clapper said in interviews as long as a year ago that he was “counting down the days” until Mr Obama left office and he would resign.
He said that after 50 years of service – starting as a young intelligence officer reporting to his father in Vietnam – that he was ready to step down.
He took over as director of national intelligence in 2010, overseeing 17 intelligence agencies and serving throughout Mr Obama’s term in office. His tenure was marked by the revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden, whose leaks shocked the foundations of national intelligence in the US.
Mr Trump still has to appoint 4,000 people, including in his cabinet and a supreme court judge.