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President-Elect Donald Trump Names Dan Coats Director Of National Intelligence
Updated January 5, 2017 5:27 PM
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(WASHINGTON DC) - President-elect Donald Trump has picked a former Indiana Senator as his top intelligence adviser.

Dan Coats is expected to be named Director of National Intelligence. Coats served two stints as a U.S. Senator, the first of which was from 1989 to 1999.

The Senate would have to approve the nomination.

"Dan Coats is a personal friend and mentor. He is a trusted leader who will serve our nation well as our director of national intelligence," says Governor-elect Eric Holcomb. "He has the ideal temperament and experience for the job, and his depth of knowledge on foreign policy is second to none. His appointment sends a strong message that an experienced statesman is in charge of this key area."

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today praised the reported nomination of Indiana's former-U.S. Senator Dan Coats to serve as Director of National Intelligence in the incoming Trump Administration.

"Dan has served Indiana and our country with honor and distinction for more than 35 years, including as a Congressman, Senator, and Ambassador," Senator Donnelly says. "I am encouraged by reports of Dan's nomination because he is clear-eyed about the intelligence threats we face, including from Vladimir Putin and Russia. I have full faith in Dan's ability to lead our nation's intelligence community and to provide critical counsel to the next Commander in Chief."

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell issued the following statement regarding President-Elect Donald Trump's selection of former Indiana U.S. Senator Dan Coats for Director of National Intelligence:

"We are ecstatic with the selection of Dan Coats as the Director of National Intelligence. He has served our country for decades in many different roles; from soldier to Ambassador, to U.S. Senator. He is one of our most memorable political figures of our lifetime. His ability to discuss issues with civility and reason, all while acting in the best way possible for Hoosiers, have become legendary in Washington, D.C.

"Hoosiers have been forever grateful for his service to Indiana, and we are thrilled to see his leadership on a national level once again. We wish him the best of luck in his newest endeavor."

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