Thursday 21 September 2017

Dan Coats to be appointed Donald Trump's director of national intelligence

Dan Coats is to be appointed director of national intelligence (Susan Walsh/AP)
Dan Coats is to be appointed director of national intelligence (Susan Walsh/AP)

Donald Trump is set to name former Indiana senator Dan Coats as director of national intelligence.

Insiders said the appointment is likely to be officially announced later this week.

Mr Coats is a conservative who spent 16 years in the Senate. He announced his retirement last year and did not seek re-election.

Mr Trump has been sharply critical of the nation's intelligence agencies and has cast doubt on their conclusion that Russia was behind hacking to influence last year's election.

On Friday, Mr Trump will meet with directors of the FBI and CIA, as well as current national intelligence director James Clapper, to be briefed on their findings.

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