Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Really Sold the American People Out' in Helsinki Summit

And his answers caused widespread alarm and outrage across the Atlantic.

Butina's arrest on Sunday added to the political turmoil in Washington over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and allegations that President Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with the Russians.

Both presidents agreed on improving relations between the two countries and restoring "an acceptable level of trust".

"Say that again", United States national intelligence director Dan Coats responded, when informed of the invitation during an appearance at a security conference in Colorado. He just said it's not Russian Federation.

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

Putin offered to let American officials watch Russian authorities question the 12 Russian military officers indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Another reporter shouts a question, and Trump says "thank you very much everybody".

Mr Browder told the BBC he was glad Mr Trump "isn't going to hand me over to President Putin" and said the USA leader should have immediately rejected the idea.

The potential auto tariffs would not just violate the rules of the World Trade Organization, she added, but could also "endanger the prosperity of many people around the world".

Fox hosts, local and congressional Republicans and former intelligence chiefs described Trump's performance with terms like "disgusting" and mused about what Putin has on the US president.

It comes after Mr Putin, asked in Helsinki whether he would extradite the 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the United States for hacking Democratic Party computers, said he would meet the USA government "halfway".

A short time later, the White House made another announcement revealing that President Putin had been invited to visit Washington in the autumn.

The Washington Post reported Trump was irritated that the us seemed to be taking stronger actions against Moscow than the Europeans were. Aides forwarded a transcript of the comments to Coats so that he saw them, according to the senior official.

In recent months, it has been reported that Trump has increasingly been acting alone when faced with such crises, passing on the advice of some of his top staffers.

Amid the enduring firestorm, Trump later claimed he misspoke during one exchange with reporters in Finland.

After Trump's performance at the Helsinki press conference, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued a forceful statement on where the U.S. intelligence community stands on Russian election interference.

The White House had earlier said it would consider the proposal, which Mr Trump called a "tremendous" gesture.

More often, however, Trump goes outside the building when seeking advice, this former staffer said. He even said he thought it had gone well publicly.

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

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday of the proposed Russian questioning, "That's not going to happen".

"There's a myth that the president never listens to anyone", Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a longtime Trump confidant, told Business Insider.

NEGROPONTE: Well, I think Mr. Coats was probably not the only high-ranking national security official to be kept in the dark. He understands how to create publicity and spin news like no one other. "In the Old Days they would call it Diplomacy. That's my foreign policy experience", said Ron Kaufman, a longtime RNC committeeman from MA and former political director for President George H.W. Bush.

"I believed I needed to correct the record. that was my responsibility", Coats said. Some openly questioned whether Russian Federation has blackmail material on the American president.

"There's a real disconnect between the president's words and the underlying policy", said Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security.

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