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New US intelligence chief seen as Trump ally

Republican John Ratcliffe backed the President in Mueller hearing

President Donald Trump has named third-term Texas Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe as his new intelligence chief, replacing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, 76, who had resigned over the weekend.

The appointment of the 53-year-old former prosecutor has to be confirmed by the Senate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'New US intelligence chief seen as Trump ally'. Subscribe