Vice President and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats at a Swearing-in Ceremony On behalf of the President of the United States,it will be my great privilege to administer the oath of office to Senator Dan Coats, who will become the fifth Director of National Intelligence....
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 17,2017 - Remarks by the Vice President and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats at a Swearing-in Ceremony
The Vice President’s Ceremonial Office
2:12 P.M. EDT
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, good afternoon.
On behalf of the President of the United States,it will be my great privilege to administer the oath of office to Senator Dan Coats, who will become the fifth Director of National Intelligence for the United States of America. (Applause.)
This is a singular privilege for me as I have known Senator Coats now for more than 30 years and couldn’t be more grateful for his willingness to continue his service to the United States of America in this vitally important role in the life of our nation.
We’re joined this afternoon by his wife, Marsha, his son Andrew, his daughter Lisa. And we send greetings from afar to his daughter Laura, who is watching from Louisville, Kentucky, I know with great pride in her father and in her parents and their continuing service.
Also very honored to be joined today by a member of the intelligence committee in the Senate, Senator James Lankford, and the newest member of the United States Senate, Senator Luther Strange. Thank you both for being here for this occasion. (Applause.)
Senator Coats, you come here today after a long career in public service. In our home state of Indiana, you served with great distinction -- first answering the call to serve our country in uniform in the United States Army. You would be elected to the United States Congress in 1980, serving four terms in the House of Representatives, and then decade in the Senate, followed by four very distinguished years as the United States Ambassador to Germany.
You arrived literally -- your second day on the job was September 11th, 2001. And in that moment of crisis for the United States and crisis in the world, you played a leading role in marshalling European support for our nation in that dark hour.
Although you tried to retire from public service in 2005, you failed -- just as you have again. (Laughter.) And you ran for the United States Senate in 2010 and served another term, serving on the intelligence committee. You chaired the joint economic committee, adding to the more than a decade that you served on the armed services committee in the United States Senate.
Throughout all of your years, you represented not only the state of Indiana well, but you represented the interests of the United States with extraordinary integrity and commitment.
From one Hoosier to another, I’m grateful and proud for your service to date. And I know that President Trump is grateful and proud of your willingness to serve our nation at such a time as this.
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