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U.S. spy chief Dan Coats to step down in coming days

Jul 29, 2019, 07.45 AM (IST)
Dan Coats, the spy chief who has clashed with U.S. President Donald Trump over-assessments involving Russia, Iran, and North Korea, plans to step down soon, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday. A person with direct knowledge of that matter told Reuters that Coats advised Trump last week that he planned to step down fairly soon as director of national intelligence. He offered the president some thoughts on who might succeed him, the source said. The New York Times, citing people familiar with the matter, reported the departure was expected "in the coming days." Coats' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.