We’re learning more about who keeps things ticking in the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence has played the peacemaker between President Donald Trump and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, whom the president calls “Mister Rogers.”
The country’s top intelligence chief nearly quit last year over his frustrations with Trump, but was talked out of it by Pence, his closest ally in the administration, according to current and former senior administration officials.
The president tried to get Coats to criticize the intelligence community as biased, and accused him of being behind leaks. Trump also insisted over and over again that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 election, despite Coats telling him it wasn’t true.
"It was a recurring thing and began early on," a senior administration official who observed the exchanges said. "You could tell that Coats thought the president was crazy."
The tipping point came when Trump abruptly decided to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria.
Pence, who has repeatedly played the role of envoy between Trump and Coats, convinced his longtime Indiana friend to stay until at least this summer, the officials said.
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"The press looks like partisan fools in this," ex -Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee tweeted on Monday morning. His sentiment was echoed by others from his daughter, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, to Senior White House adviser Kelllyanne Conway.
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