The superstate has been accused of interfering with the 2016 USA elections which handed Trump the presidency.
Trump also caused confusion when he appeared to tell reporters Russian Federation was not targeting the 2018 election with further cyberattacks; the White House claimed he was responding to a different question. The President's equivocation signalled he either misunderstood Putin's intentions, or was willing to let Putin get what he wanted in Crimea despite universal opposition. "It wasn't always conciliatory in that meeting", he said, without elaborating. "It isn't especially noteworthy to me", he said. Whether it is in his dealings with North Korea or the trade war with China, Trump has never been the one to show that he is afraid, but maybe that is not the case when it comes to Putin.
It wasn't until more than 24 hours after the press conference that Trump took back his initial remarks, blaming a grammatical glitch as he read from a prepared statement: "The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".
The statement Saturday from Coats, more than 48 hours after the initial interview, capped a week of public walk backs by the Trump administration relating to Russian Federation.
But Trump made some adjustments to the written statement he read aloud, adding that the meddlers "could be other people also". In a private conversation with the president, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged him to clarify his remarks from the Putin press conference, NBC News reported.
The Russian government is pushing for the release of a gun rights activist accused of being a covert agent in the USA, calling her arrest a "farce".
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel weighed in on the invite, saying that she thinks "it must once again become normal for Russian and American presidents to meet".
"Yeesh. It gets a bit more hard to complain about a "strong Russia" when you were calling for that very thing", the Twitchy post reads.
Dan Coats on July 21 issued a statement after USA media reported Trump was angry with an interview the DNI gave at the Aspen Institute security forum in Colorado on July 19, when he laughed and at times appeared to mock the president.
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A lot of the details in the WaPo report ring familiar: Trump initially thought he did the right thing and was proud of his performance, but then he found out he was getting an avalanche of media coverage and his mood soured.
Trump again criticized previous presidents for their handling of Putin's government, describing predecessor Barack Obama as a "patsy" for the Russians.
Sanders later said his comment was misinterpreted.
Trump has since offered differing answers to the same question.
Coats, a former GOP senator from IN, has until this week been a largely invisible figure IN Trump's Cabinet.
Huckabee Sanders also announced that the White House would not proceed with a plan to extradite U.S. citizens to Russian Federation for questioning in exchange for Russian Federation allowing its intelligence officials to be questioned as part of the Mueller probe. No Russian leader has visited the White House in almost a decade.
Putin had his own walk-back.
The notion of a $400 million donation to the Democrat's campaign would be out of the question.
More often, however, Trump goes outside the building when seeking advice, this former staffer said.