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Pence convinced Coats to stay in Trump administration: report

Vice President Pence persuaded Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsIntel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows How President Biden can hit a home run MORE not to resign from his post last year, according to a report from NBC News.

Coats had reportedly grown increasingly frustrated with President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE after the president pressured him to find evidence that former President Obama wiretapped him, told him to question the impartiality of the U.S. intelligence community and accused him of leaking classified information.

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In December, Coats was prepared to quit after Trump announced the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Syria, leading to then-Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs MORE’s abrupt resignation, according to NBC. Pence, a frequent intermediary between Trump and his fellow Indianan, convinced Coats to stay, former and current administration officials told the network.

NBC reported that Coats’s frustration has largely derived from a sense that Trump does not take intelligence advisers seriously on issues including North Korea and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Pence has also frequently dissuaded Trump from firing Coats, whom the president calls “Mr. Rogers,” according to NBC.

"I am focused on doing my job, and it is frustrating to repeatedly be asked to respond to anonymous sources and unsubstantiated, often false rumors that undercut the critical work of the Intelligence Community and its relationship with the President,” Coats said in a statement to the network. 

In February, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, a Trump confidant, told CNN there was “general disappointment” with Coats in the White House after he testified in January that North Korea was not likely to abandon its nuclear weapons program.  

Trump denied the same week that he was considering firing Coats, telling reporters he hadn’t “even thought about it.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday from The Hill.