Trump to nominate ex-senator Dan Coats as National Intelligence director

Washington, DC, United StatesUpdated: Jan 06, 2017, 04:21 AM IST

In picture: Dan Coats when he was US ambassador to Germany. Photograph:(Getty)

US President-elect Donald Trump has picked former US senator Dan Coats as his director of national intelligence, two senior transition officials said. 

The official announcement was expected this week as Trump makes decisions on some of the remaining major positions he must fill before his inauguration on January 20.

Coats, 73, is a traditional conservative from Indiana who was also a US ambassador to Germany for Republican President George W. Bush.

Two senior transition officials said Trump had chosen Coats.

A source close to the transition said Trump had also considered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for the job but that Christie had chosen not to take it.