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    'When Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and his deputy Sue Gordon leave their offices for the last time on Thursday, it will mark a turning point for an administration that has already endured the highest level of senior staff turnover in history.'

    'Both Coats, who took on the role of intelligence chief in 2017, and Gordon, who started as his deputy a few months later, have outlasted a slew of their national security colleagues who left the Trump administration at various points over the last two years.'

    'This "is a defining day in the Trump administration's national security structure -- they have finally cleared out all the national security positions in terms of senior officials," said David Priess, a former CIA official who delivered the president's daily briefing in the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.'

    '"With all the twists and turns in the Trump administration and the national security establishment and intelligence community over the past two years, at least there has been stability in one way -- the DNI and his principal deputy have quietly remained an island of steadiness," Priess said. "As of August 15, that changes."'

    'Trump's relationship with the intelligence community has been fraught from the very inception of his presidency, when the country's most senior spies and security chiefs sat the newly minted leader down to brief him about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and allegations that Moscow had material that could potentially compromise him.'
    'Since taking office, Trump has repeatedly clashed with intelligence officials, including Coats, over their public comments acknowledging Russia not only interfered in 2016, but also poses a threat to future elections -- an assessment that was reaffirmed by former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which the President often characterized as a "political witch hunt."'
    'Coats also drew Trump's ire when he appeared to contradict him on various issues during a Senate hearing earlier this year. Still, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said that Coats' dedication to speaking the "truth" was a quality they not only respected, but believe is a prerequisite for any nominee to replace him.'

    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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    "I don't discuss sitting presidents," Mattis tells NPR in an interview. "I believe that you owe a period of quiet."


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