Five days after the Helsinki meeting, some USA officials remained in the dark about what the leaders discussed in their two-hour, one-on-one session with only interpreters present.
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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", Trump wrote.
Trump's invitation for Russia's president this autumn raises the prospect that Putin could arrive in Washington during midterm elections that Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray both have said the Russians are trying to disrupt, through disinformation and other ongoing active measures. "They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I'll probably have a good relationship with Putin".
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United States intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 USA presidential election in an attempt to sow discord, disparage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and aid Republican Trump's candidacy.
Coats' extraordinary admission Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado is the latest indication of the chasm between the President and his intelligence community and comes in a week that began with Trump standing next to Putin openly contradicting his own intelligence leaders, saying he didn't "see any reason why" Russian Federation would be responsible for interfering in the 2016 election and touting Putin's denial.
She denounced Trump's "frightened fawning over Putin" as a threat to American democracy and called on House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to declare that the Russian leader was not - and would never be - welcome on Capitol Hill.
His public doubting of Russia's responsibility in a joint news conference with Mr Putin on Monday provoked withering criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats and forced the president to make a rare public admission of error.
Nielsen said that the intelligence community conclusions were correct that Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the 2016 elections.
Mr Trump had initially described the idea as an "incredible offer". They said Trump needs to confront Putin about Russian efforts to sow discord in rival nations, including the United States, and for actions that include killings of government critics. He added, "it true that Trump has chosen dishonor".
Congressional Republicans have also criticized what they see as Trump's over-indulgence of Putin. Susan Collins of ME said of Trump's one-word response.
In a possible dig at Trump's unpredictable presidency, Putin vaunted Russia's "consistent, responsible, independent foreign policy". U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told ABC Radio Australia on Thursday the two leaders "broke some ground across a broad range" of issues.
Another reporter shouts a question, and Trump says "thank you very much everybody".