President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused forces in the U.S. of trying to undermine the success of his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, and said the two leaders had managed to begin to improve U.S. -Russia ties anyway.
White House aides are anxious that Trump will interpret the comments by Coats as a personal betrayal since they came so soon after the president praised him.
United States President Donald Trump has asked his administration to formally invite his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to visit America at the end of this year.
At Monday's news conference, Putin described the proposal when he was asked about the possible extradition of 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted in the United States on charges of meddling in the 2016 election by carrying out cyber attacks on Democratic Party networks.
Mr Trump contradicted United States intelligence agencies earlier this week when he backed away from blaming Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 election, provoking condemnation. John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Barack Obama, even said Trump's words constituted "treason". On Wednesday, he said he would hold Putin personally responsible for interfering in the election.
McFaul tweeted Wednesday that he hoped the White House would denounce "this ridiculous request from Putin". In that statement, Coats restated the USA intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
The White House continued to fuel the week-long fire when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee announced on Wednesday that Trump was considering a widely-panned request from Russian Federation.
According to WaPo, within the White House, Trump's advisors were pissed by Coats and his Aspen performance.
Trump ultimately walked back the answer he gave at the joint news conference in Helsinki, and attributed his comments to a simple mistake.
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France defeated Croatia by a score of 4-2 at the 2018 soccer World Cup final in Moscow , Russia on Sunday July 15, 2018 . Putin met Sunday in Moscow with French President Emmanuel Macron .
"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".
Trump also tweeted on Wednesday that his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels last week was an "acknowledged triumph", adding that his one-on-one with Putin "may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success".
The US intelligence chief was not the only official left in in the dark after Trump's summit.
Meanwhile, Russian politicians are angry at proposals by USA lawmakers to question Trump's translator about what the men discussed privately before their news conference. "That's going to be special". The U.S. and Russia have been on opposing sides of the conflict in Ukraine, unleashed after a popular uprising against a pro-Russian president and Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
While he praised Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, Putin slammed his decision to pull out of the global accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities.
The ministry also said it was preparing to conduct flight tests of a new nuclear-powered cruise missile, the Burevestnik or Storm Petrel.
The phrase "real enemy of the people" was used as an "operative threat to murder the opposition during the French Revolution", Cuomo said.
Coats, being the top USA intelligence official that he is, of course reacted as if he hadn't been told a thing about it.
"And so, make no mistake about it, we are very clear with our adversaries, when it's in our best interest, to share with them what we're doing", he said.