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NY senator Chuck Schumer said in an email statement: "Until we know what happened at that two hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin".

"Those discussions are already underway", White House Pres Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted this afternoon.

Trump has faced bipartisan outrage since his joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki on Monday, in which he challenged the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, speaking at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado, didn't know about the invitation until he was informed by the moderator on stage.

"Say that again?" Coats responded, prompting laughter from the crowd. "Okay. That's going to be special".

Trump has called the summit "a great success", but he has been vague about what he discussed with Putin.

The Russian leader on Monday had proposed an unusual quid pro quo, offering to let the special counsel team question newly indicted Russian officers as part of the election meddling case, if Russians could question certain USA individuals. But, when asked by Glor if that means Putin lied to him at their one-on-one, Trump said he wouldn't go that far.

"I just felt, at this point in time, that what we had assessed and re-assessed, and reassessed ... still stands and that it was important to take that stand on behalf of the intelligence community and behalf of the American people", Coats said.

Donald Trump reiterated the statement that Democrats and the press are the enemy just before his summit with Putin kicked off earlier this week, launching into them in a tweet while he was en route to Helsinki.

As the US Senate on Thursday prepared to vote on a resolution putting Congress in opposition to allowing any US officials to be questioned by Russian Federation, the White House made its announcement rejecting the offer.

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Mr Putin said Russian Federation wanted to question U.S. nationals the Kremlin accuses of "illegal actions".

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Coats immediately responded on Monday by releasing a statement firmly supporting US assessments that Russian Federation was involved in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

President Donald Trump lashed out anew at the news media on Thursday, suggesting that reporters are slanting their coverage of his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin with the aim of provoking a possible war.

"If I were asked that question, I would look for a different way of doing it", he said.

The president appeared to side with the Russian leader over his own intelligence community's assessment on Russian election meddling.

"Probably not the best thing to do", Coats said of that decision by Trump.

On Wednesday, the Russian Prosecutor General's office listed Americans it wanted to question for "illegal activities", including Michael McFaul, who was U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration.

Mr Putin has also described the summit as "successful" but warned "there are forces in the United States that are prepared to casually sacrifice Russian-US relations".

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