The US Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, has become the latest high-profile figure to resign from Trump administration.
In his resignation letter to President Donald Trump, Coats said America’s intelligence community had become “stronger than ever” during his two-and-half-year tenure.
“As a result, I now believe it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life,” he wrote.
Coats said in February the President had asked him to stay in the post, yet their differences on foreign policy appeared irreconcilable at times.
Reacting to the resignation, President Donald Trump tweeted Coats would step down in mid-August and that he would nominate the Texan congressman John Ratcliffe to replace him.
He said Ratcliffe would lead and “inspire greatness for the country” he loved.
Concise News understands that Coats and Trump have often been at odds over Russia and North Korea.
As Director of National Intelligence, it was Coats’ role to oversee all 17 US intelligence agencies, including the CIA and NSA.
But throughout his tenure, Coats’ assessments were routinely contradicted by the president, who has been critical of intelligence agencies.
In January the President called his intelligence chiefs passive and naive in their assessment of the threat posed by Iran.
In particular, they clashed on Russian interference in US elections, the Iran nuclear deal and Trump’s attempts at rapprochement with North Korea.