President Trump is considering replacing Dan Coates as Director of National Intelligence and conducting informal meetings with potential candidates, sources of national security reported to Fox News.
Sources told Fox News that Trump had spoken to two people last week on jobs. Among the candidates he looks for are General Joseph Dunford, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Fred Flatz, who previously served as Chief of Staff of National Security Adviser John Bolton. TRAMPAR raised the opportunity to work with Fleetz in February and asked if he was interested, but did not offer it to him officially. It is unclear how many other potential candidates can be in the mix.
According to Axios, who reported that Trump is "impatient" to remove Coats, Coats angered the president when he appears to criticize his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC.
He also told the senate council in January that North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons, contrary to the president's forecast. Source told Axios that Trump believes that ODNI is an unnecessary bureaucratic layer and would like to "cut off" the office.
In a statement to the store, Coats expressed disappointment with the reports.
"I'm focused on my work and it's frustrating to repeatedly want to respond to anonymous sources and unwarranted, often false speeches that undermine the critical work of intelligence community, and its relations with the president, "I am proud to be at the head of the IC, specifically focused on the vital mission of providing timely and impartial information to President Trump, Vice President Pens and the National Security Team to support the security of ours but a country, "he said.
Ados Shaw contributed to this report.