Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday declined to explicitly say whether Russia's interference in the 2016 election favored Donald Trump and would not commit to reuniting almost 2,500 migrant children with their parents by the court-ordered deadline.
Trump said he and Putin, who United States intelligence agencies say directed interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, had a friendly rapport.
She says Putin's "ongoing attacks on our elections and Western democracies" deserve unanimous condemnation from the global community, "not a VIP ticket to our nation's capital".
In the video, as Secretary Nielsen delivers her "both sides" remarks, echoing the infamous words of President Donald Trump last August, Alexander moves his head down, nearly as if he's embarrassed or ashamed of her comments.
"I don't think there is any question in the [intelligence] community or at [the Department of Homeland Security] that Russians attempted to infiltrate and interfere with our electoral systems", Nielsen said at a security forum in Colorado on July 19.
"I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin", he tweeted.
If President Donald Trump sparked a widespread backlash over his news conference beside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday, one wouldn't have known it from the buoyant tone among Republican Party officials this week.
"But that is the president's prerogative", Coats added.
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Trump's invitation for Russia's president this autumn raises the prospect that Putin could arrive in Washington during midterm elections that Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray both have said the Russians are trying to disrupt, through disinformation and other ongoing active measures.
When pressed by Alexander, she said she agreed with the intelligence community's assessment "full stop".
On Wednesday, the White House said Trump's answer of "no" to a reporter who asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States was just his declining to answer questions.
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"The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why I wouldn't - or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation", the president said Tuesday before a meeting with Republican members of Congress.
The president's comments prompted top intelligence officials in his administration, as well as fellow Republican leaders in Congress, to reaffirm the findings that Russian Federation had tried to influence American voters. Now that he's the country's top intelligence official, Coats said he prefers to stay out of the headlines.
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.
"We're working very hard on doing that", US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.