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PoliticsTrump considering replacing Dan Coats as intel chief, holding meetings to discuss possible replacements

21:08  12 july  2019
21:08  12 july  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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“ Dan Coats is a model public servant,” said Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, a panel member who was at Early in the Trump administration, Coats forged a tight bond with then-CIA director Mike Pompeo When Coats attends Trump ’s daily intelligence briefing, he has sometimes been unable to secure the

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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats speaks at a Heritage Foundation event in Washington. Coats’ drumbeat of criticism against Russia is clashing loudly with President Donald Trump’s pro-Kremlin remarks, leaving the soft-spoken spy chief in an uncomfortable _ and perhaps perilous _ seat in the administration. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
President Trump is considering replacing Dan Coats as director of national intelligence and is holding informal meetings with potential candidates, national security sources told Fox News.

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Dan Coats downplayed an 'awkward' exchange earlier this week that suggested he was uncomfortable with a planned summit in Washington between President Donald Trump and Russian US intelligence chief Dan Coats downplays 'awkward' reply to upcoming Trump -Putin summit in Washington.

President Donald Trump 's clashes with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats have become familiar. Coats also said he had not known in advance of Trump 's 2017 White House meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, at which Trump revealed highly classified information.

Sources told Fox News that Trump spoke to two people in the past week about the job. Among the candidates he is considering are Gen. Joseph Dunford, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Fred Fleitz, who previously served as chief of staff to National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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Trump raised the possibility of the job with Fleitz as far back as February and asked if he was interested but did not offer it to him officially. It's unclear how many other potential candidates may be in the mix.

According to Axios, which reported that Trump is “eager” to remove Coats, Coats angered the president when he appeared to criticize his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

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President Donald Trump denied Wednesday that he is considering firing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats , despite several reports that the president is frustrated with the chief intelligence official. "I haven't even thought about it," Trump told reporters while meeting with

He also told a Senate panel in January that North Korea was unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons, contradicting predictions by the president. A source told Axios that Trump privately believes the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is an unncessary bureaucratic layer and would like to "downsize" the office.

In a statement to the outlet, Coats expressed frustration at the reports.

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“I am focused on doing my job, and it is frustrating to repeatedly be asked to respond to anonymous sources and unsubstantiated, often false rumors that undercut the critical work of the Intelligence Community and its relationship with the President,” he said.

“I am proud to lead an IC singularly focused on the vital mission of providing timely and unbiased intelligence to President Trump, Vice President Pence and the national security team in support of our nation’s security," he said.

Fox News' Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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