President Donald Trump has announced on Sunday that US intelligence chief Dan Coats will leave office on August 15. Dan Coats will be the latest senior officer that will depart from Trump turnover-plagued administration.
The US president tweeted that he has concluded plan to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas, who serves on the House intelligence, judiciary and homeland security committees, as the new Director of National Intelligence.
“A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves,” President Donald Trump wrote, while he also thanked the out going Dan Coats “for his great service to our Country.”
The US president Trump in several occasion has clashed with US intelligence chiefs including Dan Coats over many unclear issues like that of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, North Korean denuclearization and Iran.
Dan Coats’s abrupt departure from office will be the latest in a lengthy series of sacks by senior Trump administration personnel. Those that have gone before now includs defense secretary Jim Mattis, homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen, chief of staff John Kelly and top diplomat Rex Tillerson.