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Trump invites Putin to U.S. for second meeting, stunning security boss

Trump invites Putin to U.S. for second meeting, stunning security boss

An interview with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reportedly ruffled feathers in the White House, particularly after the United States intelligence chief made remarks that appeared to undercut President Donald Trump's appearance at the Helsinki summit on Monday.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump had directed national security adviser John Bolton to issue the invitation, even though US lawmakers and top officials in Trump's administration have not been briefed on what Trump and Putin discussed in Monday's summit with only interpreters present.

U.S. opposition politicians are calling for Donald Trump's interpreter to testify before Congress about his summit talks with Vladimir Putin. The vote was underway mid-afternoon.

Following his summit with Vladimir Putin, President Trump has been fighting accusations he failed to stand up to the Russian leader.

She said that during the two leaders' private meeting Monday in Helsinki, Finland, Mr. Trump "agreed to ongoing working-level dialogue between the two security council staffs".

Trump later said he had misspoken and accused "some people" of hating the fact that he got along with Putin.

Among those Russian Federation was seeking to question was former United States ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Faced with yet another firestorm, the White House was later forced to undertake another course correction and on Thursday rejected the proposal in a public statement.

One of the people said that Trump had requested Putin not discuss the referendum idea at the press conference after the summit in order to give the USA leader time to mull it. A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has always been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond. "There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems ... but they can ALL be solved!"

"I regret that we have to request this in today's meeting". Putin has denied such interference.

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Putin's boasts about the new weapons have been greeted with scepticism in Washington, where officials have cast doubt on whether Russian Federation has added any new capabilities to its nuclear arsenal beyond those already known to the USA military and intelligence agencies.

Trump himself tweeted: "The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media".

Then on Thursday, the White House said Trump "disagrees" with Putin's offer to allow USA questioning of 12 Russians who have been indicted for election interference in exchange for Russian interviews with the former U.S. ambassador to Russia and other Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes.

Mr Trump may have been encouraged by recent opinion polling showing that while the public at large is uneasy with Mr Trump's Russian Federation policies, his Republican base - by a sizeable majority - is fine with his performance.

'I think we will learn more.

'It should have been obvious, I thought it would have been obvious, but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn't. But on Tuesday, after facing harsh criticism (even from his own party) Trump seemed to backtrack on what he said.

Coats explained of his reasoning and his relations with Trump: 'We started a good relationship.

"We will see how things develop further", Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".

Later that evening Trump was on CBS for an interview and said Putin was only to blame "because he's in charge of the country".