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Trump under fire after Putin meeting

Trump under fire after Putin meeting

"So, certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", Trump said.

"Say that again", National Intelligence Director Dan Coats responded, when informed of the invitation during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. "I have President Putin. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

He cited Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denials of such interference.

This was three days after special counsel Robert Mueller's probe indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking offences related to the election.

Democrats in the House sought Thursday to extend a state grant program for election security but were blocked by Republicans. The word "treason" was floating around social media.

Just a day earlier, the White House had said the offer was under consideration, even though the State Department called Russia's allegations against the Americans, including former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, "absurd".

And Sanders created a fresh headache for the administration when she said the White House was still reviewing a proposal from Putin to allow access by Russian law enforcement officials to Americans whom the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes in return for USA access to interrogations of Russian agents indicted for their alleged roles in interfering in the 2016 election.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it", Huckabee Sanders said.

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On Thursday, the White House announced the two leaders would meet again in the fall, around the time of the congressional midterm elections the United States intelligence community says Russian Federation is trying to meddle in.

Trump's anger over having to answer Lemire's question - not his failure in attempting to do so - lingered on.

In watching the week's events transpire, a former senior administration official told Business Insider it was unclear to them whose, if anyone's, advice the president was taking regarding the fallout from the summit. He was angry at the two American reporters, including one from The Associated Press, who asked questions at the Helsinki news conference.

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The president walked back his comments in a statement to reporters on Tuesday.

"In situations like this when he gets into bunker mode, he kind of goes back to his true believers like [Corey] Lewandowski, David Bossie, and his old friends like Chris Ruddy and Tom Barrack", the person said.

This week, the president did appear to accept some internal advice.

Coats, whose office briefs Trump nearly daily on the most classified information on security threats to the United States, made clear that he did not agree with the president's decision to meet with Putin one-on-one, with only translators by their sides.


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