Rep. Ratcliffe Tapped to Replace Coats as US Spy Chief

DNI departs after clashes with president

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican who strongly defended him at a recent congressional hearing, to replace Dan Coats as the U.S. spy chief.

Coats, the current U.S. director of national intelligence who has clashed with Trump over assessments involving Russia, Iran and North Korea, will step down on Aug. 15, the president said as he announced his decision on Twitter.

“John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves,” Trump said, thanking Coats “for his great service to our Country” and saying an acting director will be named shortly.

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President Trump has nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to replace outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates.