Trump said he told Putin during their summit in Helsinki this week that the United States would not tolerate meddling in USA elections.
"If we're in the majority, we'll probably be more effective and you'd see a lot stronger things protecting American security than you will with this majority, which seems so afraid of President Trump".
In rebutting Mr Trump's dismissive comments about United States intelligence on Monday, Mr Coats said in a statement: "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
He also offered a twisted explanation of his assertion in Helsinki that he could not see "any reason" why Russian Federation would interfere, claiming he misspoke. In response, Trump said his "people came to me" and said "they think it's Russian Federation". "I don't see any reason why it would be".
The Trump administration, she said, is trying a new approach on its relationship with Russian Federation.More news: Thai boys recount their ordeal and rescue, SE Asia News & Top Stories
"He just said it's not Russia", Trump said.
In his morning tweets, Trump said he elicited a promise from Putin during their meeting to help negotiations with North Korea, but did not say how.
When asked by reporters a few hours earlier if the USA was still being targeted by Russian Federation, he had answered "no". "Is he open to having U.S. officials questioned by Russian Federation?" asked the New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman asked.
The US president was accused of "siding with the KGB over the CIA" and betraying American democracy by not taking the assessment of US intelligence agencies at face value, rather than appearing to give equal weight to Putin's "powerful" insistence that Russian Federation did not interfere in the 2016 election.
But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said later on Wednesday that Mr Trump was responding "no" to further questions from reporters.
One current USA diplomat, who said he was "at a f-- loss", called the development a step back in U.S. diplomacy, according to The Daily Beast. "So certainly as the leader of the country you would have to hold him responsible".More news: Klopp: 'door remains open for Sturridge'
But one member of Team Trump, FBI Director Christopher Wray, hinted that he contemplated resigning over disagreements with the president. And so if Putin really wants to get hold of me to do all this questioning that he's talking about, he's actually approached the wrong head of state. In front of the world, Trump took a stance against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and sided with Putin.
The White House has been under siege since Monday dealing with the fallout from lawmakers and the media stories that resulted from Monday's meeting in Helsinki. He misspoke when he expressed some dubiety about whether Russian Federation had interfered; a would and wouldn't, we were supposed to believe, had been interchanged.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation meant to ratchet up sanctions on Russian Federation if it interferes in future elections, said Trump's assessment was "not true, it's not accurate".
A few hours earlier, Trump had answered "no" when asked if the longtime U.S. foe was still targeting American elections.