President Trump announces Texas Representative John Ratcliffe will take over as director of national intelligence (DNI) replacing Dan Coats in August.
The president made the announcement on Sunday via twitter saying, “A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves.”
He continued by thanking Coats for his service, saying he will be out of his post effective August 15.
President Trump reportedly received Coats’ resignation letter over the weekend after Coats called the opportunity to serve a “distinct privilege.”
Coats continued by saying, “The Intelligence Community is stronger than ever, and increasingly well prepared to meet new challenges and opportunities. As we have previously discussed, I believe it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.”
Coats was nominated back in 2017 but both him and the president have clashed over issues surrounding the Mueller report and North Korean denuclearization.
Ratcliffe responded to the announcement via twitter on Sunday calling the nomination a “great honor.”
Ratcliffe continued by saying he looks forward to pursuing the role and is “Deeply grateful to President Trump for the opportunity to lead our Nation’s intelligence community and work on behalf of all the public servants who are tirelessly devoted to defending the security and safety of the United States.”
The Texas representative has been on the Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Judiciary and Ethics Committees.
President Trump also mentioned the acting director will be unveiled in the near future.