Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump invites Putin to visit US

Trump invites Putin to visit US

Speaking to CBS News on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he held Mr Putin personally responsible for interfering in the election, and that he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling".

The Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he still does not know what Trump and Putin discussed on Monday and was caught off-guard during an interview Thursday by news that Trump and Putin were planning a second meeting in Washington this fall.

Coats, who oversees the nation's 17 intelligence agencies, also said that if he had been asked, he would have advised Trump against meeting Putin alone, with just interpreters. I have President Putin.

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

"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Trump later backtracked and said he did accept the conclusion of the agencies, and he said he misspoke when he said he didn't see any reason it "would" be Russian Federation, saying he meant to say "wouldn't". "But the route to walking back the press conference was never going to run through something as simple as a double negative and an apostrophe".

The issue bubbled up again Wednesday, when Trump was asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was still trying to meddle in US elections, particularly the upcoming midterms. "And we have got to make sure that Russian Federation does not interfere, not only in our elections, but in other aspects of our lives".

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".

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

Earlier Mr Trump rejected a proposal by Mr Putin that Russian Federation be allowed to question U.S. citizens.

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NEGROPONTE: Well, I think Mr. Coats was probably not the only high-ranking national security official to be kept in the dark.

"On that basis, we started a good relationship", Coats said.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later announced Thursday Trump had directed National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to the White House for another summit later this year.

While 83 percent of Democrats disapproved of Trump's handling of the summit - and only 8 percent approved - 68 percent of Republicans approved of the president's showing and 21 percent said they disapproved.

The US President wrote on the micro-blogging site, "I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin".

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump said.

During Monday's press conference, Trump also once again claimed there'd been no collusion between the Kremlin and his campaign.

"But can you just clarify, you don't believe that to be the case?" the reporter asked a third time. People were speculating whether Putin had some sort of leverage over Trump that was making him behave in this manner. She said Trump was saying "no" to answering additional questions - although that didn't appear to be the case because he elaborated on Russian Federation.

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