In a move many had been predicting for months, Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) will step down on August 15. In his stead, President Trump has selected U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Republican from Texas, as Coats’ replacement.

Coats had been on the job for two years as the DNI, a relatively new post established by Congress in 2004 in the fallout of intelligence failures from 9/11 which failed to warn the country about the impending terrorist attacks in 2001.

Coats has frequently been at odds with the president over several issues but most notably over the alleged Russian election interference and North Korean nuclear capabilities. President Trump asked Coats to give a public statement, refuting any connection of Russian interference and the president’s campaign. Coats refused, stating his office had nothing to do with the investigations and it wasn’t his role to make statements on the Mueller investigation.

It was suspected for the past several months the president was preparing to replace Coats, but in his tweets, the president thanked Coats for a job well done.