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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 11:54 AM

Trump tells confidants he's eager to remove Dan Coats

Source: axios





Jonathan Swan 15 mins ago
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The state of play: Trump hasn't told our sources when he plans to make a move, but they say his discussions on the topic have been occurring for months — often unprompted — and the president has mentioned potential replacements since at least February. A source who spoke to Trump about Coats a week ago said the president gave them the impression that the move would happen "sooner rather than later."

The director of national intelligence serves as an overseer of the U.S. intelligence community and a close adviser to the president and National Security Council, producing each day's top-secret Presidential Daily Brief.

A source with direct knowledge told me that Trump has privately said he thinks the Office of the Director of National Intelligence represents an unnecessary bureaucratic layer and that he would like to get rid of it. He has been told that eliminating the ODNI is not politically possible, but still would like to "downsize" the office, the source said.

A government source who has discussed the matter with Trump characterized the president's thinking this way: "It's time for a change. Dan's a great guy but the president doesn’t listen to him anymore.".........................................................

Read more: https://www.axios.com/donald-trump-remove-dan-coats-director-of-national-intelligence-2ba4275d-7624-4f4b-9026-ee0d0606ce32.html



Trump does not listen to the Intel--so he wants to eliminate it--but will downsize it.











Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 11:57 AM

1. Gee, I wonder who gave him that idea.

Trump gets concerned about waste in national securty spending when it's used for actual security.

SMH

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Response to Eugene (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:21 PM

10. He's been talking with Putin again.

Fat Donnie has only the ideas that are fed to him by Putin, Hannity, his billionaire friends. etc.

No one knows more about intelligence than he does.

"Only I can do it." -- Trump at Republican National Convention

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:24 PM

2. Okay, I have now lost count on how many "firings and quits" have happened in this cabal

last time I looked it was at over 30........................usually if there are this many firings and quits in a business, they would have had to declare bankruptcy for outright incompetency............

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough....................

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:28 PM

3. Stalin lite?

Did'nt he kill most of his generals, by burning/sinking a ship they were on?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:35 PM

4. The office is unnecessary...all he needs is Fox...

And only a few at Fox, like Hannity and Carlson and the Fox and Friends crowd. It’s terrifying to have that group of idiots are in charge of foreign policy.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:50 PM

5. The security of The United States of America

is at peril. Barr does not represent the United States' citizens and apparently want a one party system.

Vote them out. Better yet, get them out now. We will not get any help nor support from the Republican party.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:13 PM

6. "Trump does not listen to the Intel--so he wants to eliminate it--but will downsize it."

I would argue that he doesn't like the intel he is hearing.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:16 PM

7. One of the last remaining competent people in that dumpster fire

of an administration. Of course he has to go.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:27 PM

8. No way does Trump say "the Office...represents an unnecessary bureaucratic layer".

What he most likely says is, “That guy’s so boring. And look at that face!”

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:54 PM

9. Trump knows collusion with Russia is the only way he'll win

Open collusion with the Russians I think is a step too far for Coats.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 10:20 PM

11. It's worse than I thought.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 10:25 PM

12. "Putin has all the information I need"



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Response to dalton99a (Reply #12)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 03:14 AM

14. Exactly what came to mind

The slow abolishing of government so he can consolidate power.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 11:17 PM

13. There are some scary rumors floating around,

that John Bolton will take Coats place.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 07:40 AM

15. Is there some way he could replace Coats with Sergey Lavrov?

It would make twitler very happy.

Also, no puppet, no collusion.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 07:53 AM

16. Your comment is spot on.

As you said, the real problem (for Trump) is that Coats doesn't listen to Trump.
Trump doesn't listen to Coats because Trump doesn't want to hear inconvenient facts of any kind.

Trump's scorn for the fact-finding work of the intelligence agencies, and increasingly obvious attempts to subvert and to compromise that work, is one of the most dangerous aspects of this presidency.

Trump's scorn for, corruption of, and/or diminution of, all of the science-based agencies – OSTP, USGS, EPA – is also related to Trump's fear of facts and truth in every sphere.


We are in danger every minute this ignorant traitor-vandal-criminal continues to occupy the white House.

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