Trump Directs His Ire At Coats, But Knows Consequences Of Ousting DNI

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22: Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats departs a meeting on Capitol Hill on May 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Leaders of the intelligence and law enforcement community briefed members of t... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22: Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats departs a meeting on Capitol Hill on May 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Leaders of the intelligence and law enforcement community briefed members of the House on election security measures.(Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 21, 2018 3:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with his director of national intelligence, who has gone mildly rogue in recent days following Trump’s performance at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Politico reported.

According to two outside Trump allies who spoke to Politico, the President is getting irritated with Dan Coats, who responded sarcastically after being blindsided during a live interview on Thursday in Aspen, Colorado. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted during his interview with NBC that Trump was working to bring Putin to Washington, D.C. for a visit in the fall.

“That’s going to be special,” Coats said when asked about the news.

After Trump appeared to publicly support Putin’s denial of election meddling during a press conference on Monday, Coats put out a telling statement, openly disapproving of Trump’s comments during the presser.

Despite the rising tension, Trump allies told Politico that they’re aware that firing Coats would “create an uncontainable firestorm on Capitol Hill,” in Politico’s words.

Read the full Politico report here. 

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