US President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Intelligence Chief Dan Coats would be leaving office in August, reported AFP.
President Trump thanked Coats for his “great service to our Country” in a Twitter post, noting that the Director of National Intelligence will leave on August 15, and added that Representative John Ratcliffe would be nominated for the position. According to the President, Ratcliffe, who is currently serving on the US House Intelligence, Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees, “will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves.”
….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
Ratcliffe, a Republican, has been supporting President Trump and criticizing James Comey, former FBI Director, and Robert Mueller, former special counsel who led an investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump. Ratcliffe also supports the view that Trump won the election without help of Russians.
Many Republicans said Ratcliffe would make a good Intelligence chief and will bring strength and accountability in his new role.” However, Democrats argued that Ratcliffe is a no-fit for the position. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren posted on her Twitter that the intelligence chief “should be above partisan politics, speak truth to power, and resist Trump’s abuses of authority,” and added that Ratcliffe is not the one who should take up the post.
From day one, Trump has made his disdain for the intelligence community clear. Our Director of National Intelligence should be above partisan politics, speak truth to power, and resist Trump's abuses of authority. John Ratcliffe doesn't fit that bill.https://t.co/VG10AZPGz0
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 28, 2019
Coats becomes that latest White House official to depart over the last few months as many officials, including Homeland Security Chief Kirstjen Nielsen, chief of staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and a diplomat Rex Tillerson have already stepped down.
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