For months, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats and Trump were butting heads.
Now, Coats is out and Trump has named Texas Republican John Ratcliffe as his replacement.
Not Seeing Eye-to-Eye
It takes a special person to become a member of this administration. You have to be willing to accept the fact political norms are going to be tossed out the window. You also have to be willing to be portrayed as a villain the moment you accept your position.
Most likely, Dan Coats took his position thinking that Donald Trump would at some point change his in-your-face, non-politically correct style, but that never happened.
As the rumors were swirling that either Coats was going to leave or be replaced by Trump, Coats continued to publicly remain a loyal soldier.
Trump has had some challenges in his foreign policy recently, mostly due to heightened tensions over Iran.
A much larger challenge, however, presented itself earlier this month when Coats openly told the press he believed there was no doubt Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Coats even created an internal position dedicated to election security.
This was apparently the final straw for Coats whose resignation was officially announced on Sunday via Twitter by President Trump.
I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence. A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves. Dan Coats, the current Director, will….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
Rep. John Ratcliffe comes with a rather stellar resume behind him.
In addition to having served two terms as the mayor of Heath, Texas, he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas from 2007-08.
In 2015, Ratcliffe took the congressional seat for Texas’ 4th District, a position he currently holds.
He also served as the Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security in the Eastern District of Texas during the George W. Bush administration.