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Trump Picks Former Senator Coats as National Intelligence Director

Trump Picks Former Senator Coats as National Intelligence Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will nominate former Senator Dan Coats for U.S. director of national intelligence.
"I'm very confident that Senator Dan Coats is the right choice to serve as director of national intelligence," Trump said in statement, adding that the former lawmaker has "clearly demonstrated the deep subject matter expertise and sound judgment required to lead our intelligence community."
The announcement came amid a rift between Trump and the U.S. intelligence community over Moscow's alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election last year.
The U.S. intelligence released a report on Friday, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering "an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election" in order to "undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process."
Trump has repeatedly refused to accept the findings that Russia has intervened in the 2016 presidential election. The Russian government has also denied the accusations. 
Coats, 73, had served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and was a member of the chamber's Armed Services Committee. He was also the U.S. ambassador to Germany under former President George W. Bush.

"If confirmed as director of national intelligence, he will provide unwavering leadership that the entire intelligence community can respect, and will spearhead my administration's ceaseless vigilance against those who seek to do us harm," Trump said. (Xinhua)