Trump admits media vets for him: "When I give a name, I give it out to the press, & you vet for me...the vetting process for the WH is very good... we save a lot of money that way. But in the case of [Ratcliffe], I really believe he was being treated very harshly & very unfairly" pic.twitter.com/wsouuLgzgd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 2, 2019
It's kind of amazing, when you think about it, that Donald Trump picks a replacement DNI after Dan Coats quit (apparently because admitting that Russia is trying to interfere with US elections makes Trump VERY UNCOMFORTABLE) who wasn't especially well-qualified (other than for showing off his Trump superfan bona fides)and thhheeeeeennnnn, when some reporting regarding John Ratcliffe's resume-padding is actually done, it is both the wicked, no-good partisan Lamestream Media's fault the man can't take the job,
Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media. Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
and also, too, Trump entirely intended for the media to do the job of vetting for the White House to "save a lot of money." Because when one is a malignant narcissist, such things do happen!