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Trump hopeful nominee can 'rein in' intelligence agencies

Trump hopeful nominee can 'rein in' intelligence agencies
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE on Tuesday expressed hope that his nominee to be the next director of national intelligence (DNI) could "rein in" U.S. agencies that have "run amok."

Trump praised Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeProfiles in cowardice: Trump's Senate enablers Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Haspel not in attendance at latest Trump intelligence briefing: reports MORE as "brilliant" and "wonderful," telling reporters at the White House that the Texas Republican would bring order to the intelligence agencies.

"I think we need somebody like that there," Trump said. "We need somebody strong that can really rein it in because, as I think you’ve all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok."

Trump regularly complains that the FBI and Department of Justice were biased against him leading up to the 2016 election.

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The president announced Sunday that he would nominate Ratcliffe, who is viewed as a Trump ally, to replace Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsBiden soars as leader of the free world Lobbying world President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him MORE, who will depart his role as director of national intelligence in the middle of August.

Ratcliffe was heavily involved in GOP efforts to investigate the FBI’s actions in the early stages of the Russia investigation, a subject he raised with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE during Mueller's testimony last week.

Some Senate Democrats have expressed reservations about Ratcliffe's nomination, saying the DNI should not be a partisan appointee.

Trump on Tuesday also downplayed any rift with Coats.

"I like Dan, he’s a friend of mine. I think he’s a terrific person. I like him a lot," Trump said.

"And there really wasn’t conflict. I think it was confusion more than conflict," the president added. "Dan made statements and they were a little confused. But that wasn’t conflict."

Coats notably broke with the president on a few occasions during his tenure as the top intelligence official.

He undercut the president's public optimism about denuclearization talks with North Korea during a Senate hearing in which he cast doubt on the odds of the nation giving up its arsenal.

And he responded awkwardly to news that the White House had invited Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinScarborough says he'll never return to Republican Party after GOP supported Trump Will Biden choose a values-based or transactional foreign policy? Russian vessel threatens to ram US warship in disputed waters in Sea of Japan MORE to the White House, an incident that is said to have frustrated Trump.