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Dan Coats is expected to step down in the coming days, as the director of national intelligence (DNI), according to multiple reports, after months of speculation and public spats between Mr Trump and the intelligence community.
A senior administration official told Fox News, that would be Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Republican, “surely, as in the corresponding period” as a replacement, without elaborating. Ratcliffe has been cited as one of the top contenders, coats space.
Speculation about Coats’ to get out, was kicked in the last few days. Sources told Fox News earlier this month that Trump spoke with two people recently about the job. Among the candidates he was considering, at the time, Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Fred Fleitz, formerly served as chief of staff of the National security adviser, John Bolton.
Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last January. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Trump back raised the possibility of working with Fleitz so far as in February and asked if he was interested, but didn’t offer it officially. It is unclear how many other potential candidates in the mix.
Last year at the Aspen Security Forum, coats a double-take when the host Andrea Mitchell broke the news on stage that Vladimir Putin was planning a trip to Washington.
“Tell you this?” he asked, to laughter in the audience. “OK, this is something special.”
Coats said later, he meant to Trump any lack of respect, and added, in the moment was “awkward.”
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“Some reporting in the press has misinterpreted my intentions in responding to breaking news presented me with an interview at a live. My admittedly clumsy response was in no way intended to be disrespectful or to criticize the actions of the President,” coats said.
Trump, meanwhile, has openly sparred with coats. “Maybe intelligence is should go back to school!” he tweeted in January, after coats and CIA Director Gina reel testified about the threat-assessment report in question, some of Trump’s foreign policy decisions.
To be “the intelligence of the people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. You are wrong!” Trump said. “When I was President, was Iran making trouble all over the Middle East and beyond. Since the end of the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but a possible source of danger and conflict.”
Ratcliffe grilled, Special Counsel Robert Müller during the trial, and Democrats last week, and Fox News said on Sunday that Mueller was effectively the innocence, destroys the presumption, he said Trump was not “acquitted.”
“By the claim of Donald Trump to prove his innocence, were you deprived him of the one thing no one can be deprived of the presumption of innocence,” Ratcliffe said “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Rep. John Ratcliffe zeros in on the discharge line in question for Robert Müller
Texas Republicans-Rep. John Ratcliffe says, the Democrats and the special counsel deprived the President Trump the presumption of innocence.
“The Americans must know, as you listen to the Democrats and the socialists, on the other side of the aisle, as you dramatic readings from this report, volume II of this report, was not authorized to be written under the law,” Ratcliffe said during the hearing.
“It was written to be a legal Norm, which, however, not to the Ministry of justice, and it was written in violation of all of the D. O. J.-the principle of extra-prosecutorial comment,” he continued. “I agree with the President this morning when he said Donald Trump is above the law. He is not there. But he should damn sure not under the law, that is where volume II of the present report brings to him.”
This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates.
Fox News’ John Roberts, Gillian Turner and The Associated Press contributed to this report.