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Washington DC – 16 March 2017
1. Vice President Mike Pence at swearing in ceremony of new National Intelligence Director Dan Coats
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence:
“The President has called you to serve this country as our Director of National Intelligence. As you know from your many conversations with him, President Trump has no higher goal than the safety and security of the American people. And from this day forward as the Director of National Intelligence you will bring your background, your experience, your integrity and the relationships you have built around this nation and around the world, in integrating and improving the greatest intelligence in the world, to be better still. The President and I have complete faith in you. You have served our country with distinction for decades and the President and I are confident that you will continue that record of leadership, integrity and devotion to this country in the days ahead.”
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dan Coats, National Intelligence Director:
“These are clearly uncertain times, but I inherit an intelligence community made up of men and women who have dedicated their careers and their lives, its a 24/7, 365 day operation. It’s design to protect Americans from threats at home and abroad, it is designed to be the best intelligence agency in the world. It is functioning well, but everyone that serves in that community say we can even do better. It is a great privilege to be able to be selected to lead that effort .”
4. Coats, Pence signing and then shaking hands
Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats has been sworn in as the nation’s top spy chief.
Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office after the Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Coats’ nomination by a vote of 85-12.
Coats will be President Donald Trump’s top intelligence official overseeing 16 other intelligence agencies.
He’ll also sit between America’s intelligence workers and Trump. The president has harshly criticized the intelligence community for past failures, and for its assessment that Russia interfered in the election in an effort to tilt the outcome in Trump’s favor.
Coats will be the fifth person to serve as director of national intelligence, a job the U.S. created after the 9/11 attacks.
He succeeds James Clapper, who retired just before Trump took office.
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