Putin calls first summit with Trump 'successful'
- Author: Marlene Weaver Jul 21, 2018,
Jul 21, 2018, 0:33
The White House announced Trump's opposition Thursday as the Senate prepared to vote on a resolution telling the president not to honor Putin's request, which would have exposed former USA ambassador Michael McFaul, among others, to Russian questioning.
Numerous lawmakers have criticized Trump for his post-summit statements raising doubts about Russia's interference in the 2016 USA elections, and past and current intelligence community officials also differed with many of his statements. Trump tweeted. The announcement of the invitation came as the White House sought to clean up days of confounding statements on Russian interference in the 2016 election that sent Trump to the presidency. Asked if knew Mr. Trump would meet with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office in May 2017, Coats, with a long sigh, said that was probably not the best thing to do, and he wasn't made aware of that meeting ahead of time.
Putin said in a speech to Russian ambassadors gathered in Moscow that "it's naive to think that the problems would be solved in a few hours".
Coats's remarks reportedly ruffled feathers in the White House.
The White House's belated remarks came after the Russian Prosecutor General's Office on Tuesday reportedly requested to question several US individuals over their criminal behaviors in Russia.
The Trump administration will not let Americans to be interrogated by Russia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, ruling out acceding to any such request from Moscow.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that meeting may come this fall.
In another interview to Hugh Hewitt Show, he refused to divulge details about the summit meeting that Trump had with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, ' " he said.
The US intelligence chief was not the only official left in in the dark after Trump's summit. Standing alongside Putin, Trump called the idea "an incredible offer".
In his first comments about the summit, Putin insisted that Russian Federation remains "open to contacts with the U.S". Coats looked shocked, spontaneously laughed, and said, "Okay. that's going to be special".
How did Trump respond to Putin's suggestion?"We talked about this of course while meeting President Trump".
"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump said on Tuesday.
At the news conference with Putin, he was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again, and he did not directly answer.
Coats said US intelligence on North Korea was significantly better than it used to be, but that the USA should not assume it will happen and that "trust and verify" should be America's mantra.
Sanders said Trump was still weighing the offer with his team, adding, "We've committed to nothing".