As we reported on Sunday, Donald Trump has decided to appoint House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes as his Deputy Secretary of State.
But confirmation hearings have not been set yet, so it falls to us to relate to you what associate solitary reporter Maggie Smith, who covers Congress for us, has just told us: House Speaker Paul Ryan and Nunes have met with Trump, and the three of them have made a joint decision: there is no need for a House Intelligence Committee.
“I have full confidence that the president can be trusted with our nation’s secrets,” Ryan said. “What Congress needs to do is repeal Obamacare with no replacement, authorize $54 billion to increase our military’s strength, and otherwise do whatever the president asks us to do. Having a House Intelligence Committee is just a distraction that allows the other party to throw stones at us.”
Trump immediately tweeted from Trump National Golf Club, “#Paul Ryan is my kind of guy.”
For his part, Nunes said he looks forward to being Deputy Secretary of State so he can overrule Secretary Tillerson at the earliest sign of conflict between Tillerson and the White House.
Ryan said that the House Intelligence Committee will be replaced a committee yet to be named, to provide oversight of Trump’s executive order, to be issued later today, reversing President Obama’s executive orders including his Clean Power Plan, as Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), the Senate’s chief climate change denier, smiled in approval.