Intelligence Director on Putin Invite: 'Say That Again?'

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin answer questions during a joint news conference after their summit on July 16 in Helsinki


"That's not my role". There, Coats offered a laundry list of what he said were recent malign activities by Moscow.

"I don't know what happened in that meeting".

He continued: 'We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation. The news seemed to surprise even Mr. Trump's own director of national intelligence. "It isn't especially noteworthy to me", he said. NBC's Andrea Mitchell, who was moderating the event, shared the development. On Tuesday, the Russian general prosecutor's office said to little fanfare that Putin misspoke and meant $400,000.

The president said 'No, ' when asked by a journalist Wednesday if he believed the meddling was still happening.

After taking a deep breath he continued, "OK". Coats looked shocked, spontaneously laughed, and said, "Okay. that's going to be special". "If I was loud & vicious, I would have been criticized for being too tough". Despite the week's furore, Trump also said he was looking forward to his second meeting with the Russian leader. American Democrats and traditional Republicans have repeatedly shown resistance to any reform regarding relations with Russian Federation. The investigation led by independent investigator Robert Mueller into Russian intervention in the 2016 USA presidential election is continuing, and last week Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence agents with hacking the Democratic Party. "They are the ones who are trying to wreak havoc over our election process".

President Donald Trump has invited the Russian leader Vladimir Putin to the White House this fall for a second get-together.

"As long as I'm able to have the ability to seek the truth and speak the truth, I'm on board", Coats said.

Hours after Antonov spoke, the White House shot down the idea, saying the Trump administration "is not considering supporting" such a referendum.

Earlier Mr Trump rejected a proposal by Mr Putin that Russian Federation be allowed to question U.S. citizens. Now with Pompeo heading the State Department, Coats has been thrust into the limelight as the voice of the intelligence community. The official said the talks also would cover nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran and Syria.

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It said the proposals include setting up a Russian-U.S.

"Russian gas sales to Europe past year were at record levels", said Ed Chow, who studies energy and national security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Coats, who will be speaking on Thursday at a national security conference in Aspen, Colorado, is a former Republican lawmaker.

The statement also said the U.S. has given more than $1 billion to Ukraine since conflict broke out there following the annexation of Crimea by Russian Federation in 2014.

President Trump began the week by holding a historically disastrous press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

"When you actually look at the substance of what this administration has done, not the rhetoric but the substance, this administration has been much tougher on Russian Federation than any in the post-Cold War era", said Daniel Vajdich, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. If that meeting takes place in Washington, I think it is all to the good.

Either way, he said the USA must stand strong against China's effort to steal business secrets and academic research.

In comments at a Washington think tank last week, he said, "The Russian out of the cave, hungry and clawing for more territory, more influence and using the same tactics we saw in the Cold War and more".

To listen to Coats' full speech, click the audio player above.

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