White House Clarifies Trump Remarks on Russia: 'Threat Still Exists'

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Donald Trump has turned down Vladimir Putin's proposal to allow Russian investigators interview Americans suspected of crimes, but still expects 12 Russians blamed of election meddling to arrive in the United States, the White House said.

President Trump has asked his White House to extend an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington later this year, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday.

"Say that again?" Coats said to laughter from the audience. "Did I hear that?"

Since then Democrats, diplomats and others have also been aggressively pushing to learn details of what the president and Putin spoke about during their one-on-one meeting at which only translators were present.

In an emoji-filled tweet, Hayden responded to a tweet from Washington Post columnist Max Boot who said that Trump's claiming he merely misspoke during his refusal to condemn Russian Federation for its alleged 2016 election interference was because the president is "deathly afraid of being laughed at".

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"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it", Sanders said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, NBC News also reported that former director of USA national intelligence, James Clapper, who was reportedly in the briefing, confirmed that evidence of Putin's involvement of the election was shown to Trump.

"That's not my role. It is what it is", Coats said in a verbal shrug. "But I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be". In that statement, Coats restated the U.S. intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

The president's words follow a string of seemingly contradictory statements regarding Russian Federation - specifically whether or not Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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That is in direct contradiction to a statement his director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, made on Monday. "Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country", he said. "But know that it will to the best extent be unvarnished, non-politicized, and the best our incredible intelligence community can produce'".

Hayden apparently found the tweet amusing, because his response was filled with emojis-actually, just in time to celebrate "World Emoji Day" with the branches of the United States military. He also warned of the need to be "ever-vigilant" and "relentless". "I have President Putin".

"The president has made clear to Vladimir Putin that he should stay out of US elections", Sanders replied.

On Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the U.S. intelligence community stands by its view that Russian Federation meddled in the USA election. It has remained unclear, however, what the president is seeking to accomplish from his negotiations with his Russian counterpart.

Donald Trump's "puzzling affinity" for Vladimir Putin has inspired Time magazine's latest cover. The director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, said that, "Russia is the most aggressive country that's trying to attack the USA right now".

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