Dan Coats resignation: Trump values leaders who protect him over those who defend America

The U.S. intelligence community does not exist to tell the president what he wants to hear. But contradicting Donald Trump may have led Trump to replace the nation’s chief intelligence adviser.

Trump announced Sunday that Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats will step down Aug. 15, ending a tenure punctuated by public statements that put him at odds with the president. Trump’s choice to succeed Coats is a vocal Trump supporter, Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas. His theatrical rebuke of former special counsel Robert Mueller during last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing may have tipped the scales in his favor.

This article was originally published in USA Today.