Russian Federation 'open' to Vladimir Putin visiting Donald Trump at White House


But it was Coats' televised interview Thursday at a security conference in Aspen, Colo., that set off the president anew, as the intelligence director questioned the wisdom of the Putin meeting and said he had hoped Mr. Trump wouldn't meet alone with the Russian leader.

During the event, Coats also claimed that he didn't know exactly what happened during U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Putin earlier this week.

A major source of public confusion was Trump's statement during Monday's joint press conference in Helsinki that he did not believe that Russian Federation could have interfered in the most recent United States presidential elections.

Take, for instance, yesterday's vehement statement after Trump floated the possibility of allowing the Russian government to interview U.S citizens, including the former ambassador to Russia.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Putin critic, tweeted after the exchange that he'd have the ball checked for listening devices and "never allow it in the White House".

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The speaker said he stood by his Monday statement that "the president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally. After playing a clip of Trump's reaction to the lighting failure, Kimmel said it appeared to be a sign from God.

The US director of national intelligence Dan Coats, who on Monday immediately defended intelligence personnel on the election issue, expressed surprise at Trump's invitation on Thursday to Putin to visit Washington in the autumn.

Rosenstein last week announced that 12 Russian intelligence officials had been charged with computer hacking and other offences during the 2016 election.

There were no note-takers present during the meeting-only Trump, Putin, and interpreters.

He clarified remarks he made at a news conference after the meeting, in which he said he saw no reason why Russian Federation would meddle in the 2016 USA election - despite United States intelligence concluding just that.

"This issue (of a referendum) was discussed", he said, adding that Putin made "concrete proposals" to Trump on solutions for the four-year, Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine, which has killed more than 10,000 people.

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During the same press conference, Trump praised Putin's "incredible offer" of a deal to swap interrogations.

CHANG: But you think that Coats can remain effective in this position even if the president chooses not to tell him some important pieces of information once in a while and even if the public perceives that, that Coats is sometimes left out of the loop by the White House.

Their first meeting, however, has stirred condemnation from Democrats and Republicans alike over a series of comments Trump made that appeared to place him unduly close to Russian Federation. Members of Congress said they want to learn more about their closed-door meeting in Helsinki and whether Trump made commitments to his Russian counterpart.

Speaking to CBS News on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he held Mr Putin personally responsible for interfering in the election, and that he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling". Putin has maintained that it was held in "strict compliance with global law", reiterating during the summit, "This case is closed for Russian Federation". "In the Old Days they would call it Diplomacy".

Senate Republicans joined Democrats in swiftly passing a resolution, 98-0, that put the Senate on record against the questioning of American officials by a foreign government. For instance, when I served in the White House, under George W. Bush, he came to President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas.

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Coats explained of his reasoning and his relations with Trump: 'We started a good relationship.