Republican Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe will replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) after months of issues between President Donald Trump and the intelligence community.
Trump announced Sunday that Ratcliffe would replace Coats, whose last day in office will be August 15, according to Trump’s tweet. Trump and Coats have publicly butted heads during the latter’s two-year tenure as DNI.
The president has been toying with the idea of getting rid of Coats for months, sources familiar with the situation previously told the Daily Caller.
....be leaving office on August 15th. I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country. The Acting Director will be named shortly.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
Coats became DNI in March 2017 and has been known to occasionally contradict Trump’s foreign policy ideas, Fox News reported. The former Indiana Republican Sen. created a new senior-level job earlier in July to help with election security efforts, CBS News reported. The new position will coordinate “all election security activities, initiatives, and programs.”