Mr. Trump, still facing fallout over his widely criticized Monday meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, has expressed his intent to invite Putin to Washington in fall, even as his own intelligence agency leaders warn Russian Federation will continue attempts to meddle in the November election cycle.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that meeting may come this fall.
"By playing into Vladimir Putin's hands", he continues, "the leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes overseas".
The intel chief was informed live on stage and on camera at an event in Colorado with MSNCB journalist Andrea Mitchell, and was visibly shocked by the announcement.
On July 16, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had the first full-scale meeting in Helsinki.
"Did I hear you?. The President was aiming towards creating a channel for communication and dialogue, and he achieved that", he said, adding he would be "very surprised" if a transcript from the meeting was released.
'The administration is not going to send, force Americans to travel to Russian Federation to be interrogated by Vladimir Putin and his team, ' Mr Pompeo said.
Mr Coat's role is to collate all the information from the nation's intelligence agencies such as the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation, but it seems he was excluded from the conversation in this instance.More news: Pakistan court rejects Sharif family's bail pleas
A senior White House official said Bolton extended the official invitation to Putin on Thursday via his Russian counterpart.
"I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed", Trump said, citing terrorism, Israel's security, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace and North Korea.
"There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems.but they can ALL be solved!" he added.
During the panel, Coats said he was still not sure what was discussed at Trump and Putin's one-on-one meeting in Helsinki. But a day later, Trump said he misspoke during the summit.
Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican and a vocal critic of Mr. Trump, had labelled his performance at the Helsinki press conference as "shameful".
Senate Democrats want U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. and other high-ranking officials to testify before Congress about President Donald Trump's private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The U.S. and Russia have been on opposing sides of the conflict in Ukraine, which was unleashed after a popular uprising in 2014 against Ukraine's pro-Russian president and Russia's retaliatory annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula a month later.
Back at home, however, Trump has come under a downpour of criticism for the ostensibly insufficiently tough position on the much-rumored "Russian meddling" in the USA presidential race in 2016.More news: Trump writes giant, misspelled ‘THERE WAS NO COLUSION’ reminder on Russian Federation statement
The picture has perfectly morphed Trump's blonde hair, feathery eyebrows and puckered lips as well as Putin's nose and blue eyes.
Before the meeting in Helsinki, Coats publicly warned that the USA was facing a growing cyber threat, singling out Russian Federation as the country's most hostile adversary.
During an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor on Wednesday, Trump said he agreed with the United States intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election: "I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true".
"Say that again?" Coats asked the interviewer.
"The ball's in your court", said Putin with an air of forced joviality as he presented Trump with a gift to mark their meeting.
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".
Coats continued to stand firm on Russian interference in the elections, saying he wished Trump hadn't made his statement that he believed Vladimir Putin's denials.More news: New moons were discovered orbiting Jupiter, and one's an 'oddball'