Sanders said the White House was considering Russia's idea of allowing its officials to interview 11 Americans - including former United States ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul - in exchange for special counsel Robert Mueller to interview 12 Russians indicted for meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.
In reaction to Putin's proposal, the howls of protest came fast and furious.
A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has always been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond and is believed to have interfered in the 2016 presidential election that sent Trump to the presidency.
Putin, in his first public comments about the summit, told Russian diplomats Thursday that U.S.
At a post-summit news conference with Mr Putin in Helsinki, Mr Trump responded to a question about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and denouncing the "stupidity" of United States policies.
In return, Mr Putin wanted permission for Russian Federation to interview Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes.
Coats issued a defiant statement, and in a Thursday interview on several occasions made light of the chaos that has become ordinary in the Trump administration.
And that's the news on US national intelligence for the day. "The president had said going into this that we wouldn't solve all the world's problems in one meeting, in one conversation with the Russian government but we think it's a pretty good place to start".
While they had met privately on three occasions in 2017, Trump opened the door to a potential White House meeting with Putin earlier this year.
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"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", he tweeted.
While Trump's position on Russian interference has shifted repeatedly in recent days, some in Trump's party signalled they had had enough of his wrecking ball diplomacy and sought to take steps to box him in.
Russian Federation was also seeking to interview Michael McFaul, another Putin critic who was U.S. ambassador to Moscow under President Obama.
U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, July 17, 2018. He said he had mis-spoken when he appeared to side with Putin, who denies any state-sanctioned interference, over his own agencies.
"You", Mitchell added, "Vladimir Putin coming to the..."
In the CNBC interview, Trump reiterated that he valued the chance of improving the Washington relationship with the Kremlin - despite the USA intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election. The remarks put him at odds with U.S. intelligence over claims of Russian interference in 2016 election.
The US president had initially described the proposal as an "incredible offer".
Mr. Trump, however, termed the summit a "great success" and rejected the political outrage as "fuss" created by the "fake news media".
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 U.S. intelligence concluding just that. "But no one expected that", Mr Putin said.