Read between the lines here. President Trump in the tweet below makes clear that he told Rep. John Ratcliffe, whom he picked just days ago to be director of national intelligence, that he needed to withdraw.
Trump blamed the media, but this was obviously a mistake. Ratcliffe had little to no experience relative to the job.
I’m sure the president got a call from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell telling him this was not going to work. And so he cut bait instead of fishing