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Trump invites Putin to USA for second meeting, stunning security boss

Trump invites Putin to USA for second meeting, stunning security boss

Trump initially had described the idea as an "incredible offer".

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.

Coats had learned mid-interview that talks were underway for Putin to visit the White House this fall at Trump's invitation, and didn't hide his surprise.

That didn't sit well with at least one prominent former RNC member. Another resolution would have backed the finding by US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Trump also said he misspoke in Helsinki.

Separately, a senior administration official told Brennan that Mr. Trump is telling his team that he held a firm line with Putin regarding Syria, and said USA troops will not leave until Iran leaves.

News of Trump's invitation to Putin appeared to catch even the president's top intelligence official by surprise.

"The president is doing wonderful things for the Republican National Committee", MacDonald said.

Many critics also complained that there was no record of agreements, if any, that were reached between the two during their one-on-one meeting.

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Responding to the revelation, Mr Coats said: "Say that again".

"People remain very supportive of the president and take him at his word".

Mr Trump asserted on Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation. "I'll give that benefit of the doubt".

Trump and Coats appeared to be at odds in the aftermath of the President's meeting with Putin at the beginning of the week.

"Who do you believe?", Lemire had asked, referring to Trump's well established disbelief in the US intelligence community's ironclad conclusions about Russia's efforts to subvert America's democracy.

The president claimed he'd misspoke during his summit with Putin and agreed with the United States intelligence community that Russian Federation had interfered in the election, though he added it could be "other people also".

"I saw the screaming headline on cable TV that there is malaise in the West Wing and I look forward to meeting her", quipped presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway. She said at the Aspen Forum that Russian Federation is attempting to "cause chaos on both sides". One day later, the U.S. president stated that he had "misspoken" at the press conference and that he had actually meant the opposite.

There was more verbal drama at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, when Trump was asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S. We will find out soon enough how the American people really see him and whether they accept his unexpected positions and decisions. Speaking with CNBC, Trump later characterized (and distorted) the exchange as "fools from the media saying, 'Why didn't you stand there, look him in the face, walk over to him, and start shouting at him?' I said, 'Are these people insane?"

A White House National Security Council spokesman said later the United States on Friday rejected a proposal from Russian Federation for a referendum to decide the fate of eastern Ukraine.