I found this buried several paragraphs down in the New York Times article about the resignation fo Dan Coats.
Courtesy of NYT:
From the start, Mr. Coats maintained independence from Mr. Trump. He was vocal in defending intelligence agencies and their assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election on Mr. Trump’s behalf, and he emphasized those findings leading up to the president’s meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland, in 2018.
At a security conference in Aspen, Colo., soon afterward, Mr. Coats expressed surprise about reports that Mr. Trump could invite Mr. Putin to the White House. “That is going to be special,” he said sarcastically in a notably unguarded moment.
Still the best Coats moment:
MITCHELL: The W.H. has announced on Twitter that Vladimir Putin is coming to the W.H. in the fall.
COATS: Say that again?
MITCHELL: Vladimir Putin, coming to the—
COATS: Did I hear you?
MITCHELL: Yeah, yeah.
COATS: OK. That’s gonna be special. pic.twitter.com/FJndAwZjf6
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 28, 2019
Aides to Mr. Trump seized upon that to suggest Mr. Coats was disloyal and should be fired. But he was shielded by Mr. Pence, a longtime protégé and former governor of Indiana.
After Aspen, Mr. Coats adopted a lower profile, but he tried to protect national security officers from the president’s criticism and took the lead in a Jan. 29 presentation of global threats that was at odds with Mr. Trump’s views.
In the report and testimony before the Senate, Mr. Coats said that North Korea was unlikely to give up its nuclear stockpile, that Iran was not immediately taking steps to build a nuclear weapon and that the Islamic State was still capable of stoking violence in Syria — all facts that undermined Mr. Trump’s assumptions.
The next day, the president called his intelligence chiefs “passive and naïve.” In an indignant Twitter post, Mr. Trump wrote, “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”
In a speech to intelligence officers in January, Mr. Coats said it was their duty to seek the truth about the world. “And when we find that truth, to speak the truth,” he added.
In recent months, Mr. Coats discovered that it was difficult to align himself with the president — particularly on Russia. Mr. Coats saw Russia as an adversary and pushed for closer cooperation with American allies in Europe. Time after time, the White House sought to weaken Mr. Coats’s language regarding the Kremlin.
A secret report by Mr. Coats about interference in the 2018 midterm elections contained a harsh assessment about Russia’s efforts to influence the American public by stoking conspiracy theories and polarization. But the public statement, edited by the White House, contained little of the tough language.
“Time after time, the White House sought to weaken Mr. Coats’s language regarding the Kremlin.”
I think that statement right there explains why Trump wants Coats out.
The guy that Trump is attempting to replace Coats with, John Ratcliffe, defends Trump’s position on Russia and actually claims that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign that colluded with the Kremlin.
So I think we know whye Trump likes him.
Trump has now hollowed out the administration of virtually anybody who would dare disagree with him, or correct his inaccurate assessment of reality.
I think we are now in more danger than we have ever been in since at least the Civil War.
That may sound like hyperbole but I assure you it is not.