According to multiple media outlets on Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump has narrowed down his top pick for the coveted role of national intelligence director. His expected choice is former Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana.
Coats had prior experience as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and also has foreign policy experience as a former ambassador to Germany under George W. Bush. He served in the Senate twice: first from 1989 to 1999, and then again from 2011 until this year, after choosing not to seek reelection.
In 2014, Coats supported a series of sanctions implemented against Moscow after it annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine. As a consequence, Russia officially banned Coats from entrance into the country. “Putin’s recent aggression is unacceptable, and America must join with our European allies to isolate and punish Russia,” Coats said at the time. “I will continue to lead efforts on Capitol Hill to bring [Russian President Vladimir Putin] to his senses.”
As with other appointments, Coats will need to seek approval and confirmation from the Senate.
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