US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on July 28 that National Intelligence Director Dan Coats will leave on August 15 and Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe will be nominated to take over.
Coates had a disagreement with Trump on Russia, Iran and North Korea. Reuters and the New York Times quoted a source before Trump’s announcement that Coates intends to leave the White House. In the message, Trump thanked the other party for their contribution to the country and announced the temporary candidates in a short time.
Ratcliffe is a member of the Congressional Intelligence and Judicial Committee. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller defended Trump when he attended the hearing on the 24th.
The position of National Intelligence Director was established after the September 11 attacks in 2001, responsible for 17 dark US intelligence agencies in charge of the CIA. Trump believes that Ratcliffe, who served as a prosecutor, can be stronger for the country.