US director of national intelligence to step down

Dan Coats, who butted heads with President Trump on issues involving Russia and North Korea, will step down from his role, the president said he'll nominate Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe to replace him.
1:30 | 07/29/19

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refuses to accept he's the president of every state, every city. A shake-up in the president's team. Dan coats who butted heads with the president is stepping down. The president is putting forward an outspoken ally to replace him. Pierre Thomas has the latest. Reporter: Coats is leaving that critical job where he coordinates U.S. Intelligence agencies effective August 15th. Coats had what some would call an uncomfortable relationship with the white house when president trump has downplayed Russian interference, coats widely respected by Republicans and Democrats has repeatedly warned that the Russian attacks were aggressive and likely to intensify in the future. Earlier this year he offered a much more stark assessment of the capabilities of ISIS than the president. He's also slatly said north Korea is not likely to give up its nuclear weapons despite the president's overtures to the north Korean dictator, George. Pierre, the president nominating Texas congressman John Ratcliffe to replace him, he stood out for his fiery defense of president trump. Let's listen. I agree with the chairman this morning when he said Donald Trump is not above the law. He's not. But he damn sure shouldn't be below the law. The president clearly liked that but some Democrats in congress and Republicans as well questioning whether that is enough to qualify him for the director of national intelligence. Reporter: Expect a partisan fight. Senator chuck Schumer has already released a statement saying nominating Ratcliffe would be a big mistake because he's exhibited blind loyalty to the president, George. Thanks very much.

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