Shortly after Trump "misspoke" during a post-summit press conference, saying that he doesn't see "any reason why it would be" Russia that meddled in the United States presidential election, Coats issued a statement, pointing out that the intelligence community has "been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
But Mr. Trump added, "Now, with that being said, if that doesn't work out, I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had". But he said, "Russia was always open to such proposals".
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the "prompt release" of suspected Moscow agent Maria Butina during a conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
Russian Federation is promising to keep Iran away from Israel's borders, but as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday there is reason to doubt whether they can deliver on that. During the Monday press conference, he alleged that Bill Browder, an investor and Putin critic accused of financial crimes in Russian Federation, contributed $400 million to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
In a statement, Coats restated the USA intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
President Trump branded the Helsinki summit a "great success" and expressed his excitement for a second meeting with the Russian leader.
Among other issues, Lavrov and Pompeo also discussed possible cooperation between Russian Federation, the US and other countries in solving Syria's humanitarian crisis.
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He clarified it a day later, claiming he should have said he didn't see any reason why it "wouldn't" be Russian Federation that meddled.
"Look, we've been doing it in other peoples' elections", Ash said, contending that President Barack Obama tried to interfere in Israel's 2015 elections.
The language used by Democrats was harsher.
The president was asked what he said to Putin, and he replied that he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling". Trump has announced he will run for reelection in 2018. It wasn't just the words he "misspoke" at the Helsinki summit that sparked criticism.
The Pentagon and USA allies in the region have pushed back at Trump's stated desire to withdraw the relatively small American military contingent now in Syria, where it has organized and armed local proxy forces to fight against the Islamic State.
Trump had praised the proposal on Monday as an "incredible offer" and Sanders later described it as an "interesting idea" that was being discussed internally. (They told him afterwards that any journalist would have asked the same question at that point in the press conference.) Over the next few days, Trump then attempted a stunningly awful walk back, called the media the "real enemy" of the American people, and came up with some creative ways to double down and deliberately extend the whole mess. "It is why I believe we are at a critical point". "As the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along".
But election meddling wasn't the only issue to come out of the summit.
Removal of U.S. forces on the ground, now about 2,200, is seen as reducing whatever leverage the United States has to press both Russian Federation and Iran.