Trump’s Disenchantment With DNI Dan Coats Growing To Breaking Point

on April 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats arrives for a closed hearing held by the Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol April 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. The committee was scheduled ... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats arrives for a closed hearing held by the Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol April 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. The committee was scheduled to hear testimony on an intelligence program update and a global threat assessment. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 20, 2019 7:37 a.m.

President Donald Trump seems to be turning on another of his Cabinet officials, this time going cold on Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who he has long seen as “not loyal.”

According to a Tuesday Washington Post report, Trump has been asking around about possible replacements.

Coats has publicly undercut the President in statements about foreign affairs, specifically disarmament in North Korea.

Trump has also not forgotten the time Coats was on stage with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell at a security conference last July and reacted to Trump’s decision to have a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in real time: “Okaaaay, that’s going to be special,” Coats said to laughter.

Trump seethed at what he saw as an attempt to embarrass him in front of high-ranking security officials.

The President is also still reportedly angry about Coats’ congressional testimony about the threats facing the nation last month which contradicted many of Trump’s public statements.

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