'Say that again?': USA intelligence chief's shocked response to Putin invitation

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US President Donald Trump has invited Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit the US in the autumn, his press secretary says.

"Until we know what happened at that two-hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin".

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, which is responsible for US military involvement in the Middle East including Afghanistan and Syria, said Thursday he had received "no new guidance as a result of Helsinki". "Now, since Donald won't release his tax returns and don't hold your breath, we don't know the full extent of his business relationships, but what we know is disturbing".

"OK. That's going to be special", he said, laughing.

In a reference to his summit last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, he added: "Remember when they said I was too tough with Chairman Kim?"

Following their meeting in Finland, Trump tweeted of looking forward to a second meeting with Russia's president: "The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media".

After the summit, when Trump said in a press conference that he accepted Putin's denial that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, Coats issued an extraordinary statement rejecting that conclusion.

Russian Federation is promising to keep Iran away from Israel's borders, but as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday there is reason to doubt whether they can deliver on that.

'Say that again?': USA intelligence chief's shocked response to Putin invitation
'Say that again?': USA intelligence chief's shocked response to Putin invitation

This was during Putin's first term as president and then US President Bush said of the meeting: "This is a new day in the long history of Russian-American relations, a day of progress and a day of hope".

In a tweet on July 19, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders wrote that Trump "asked [national security adviser John Bolton] to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already under way".

"I think that Trump derangement syndrome is a real thing". Business Insider reached out to the White House for clarification on this matter, but did not receive an immediate response.

The "danger" here is that if Trump made private agreements with Putin, as the Russian government has claimed, then it seems he's not informed people in the U.S. government who "who ought to know", McKeon added.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for Mr Trump to reveal what he discussed with Mr Putin.

Mr Antonov said he had not seen Mr Trump's invitation himself, but added that "Russia was always open to such proposals".

When Coats pushed back at Trump's Monday statements siding with Putin on election interference, senior aides were fearful he might quit, according to the Post.

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who issued the indictments against the 12 Russians last week, said on Thursday that the US would seek to warn the public in the future when it believes foreign states are trying to influence elections.

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That performance set off a bipartisan backlash in Washington, forcing days of damage control efforts by an embattled West Wing. Some Russian officials expressed hope that the summit was a first step towards improving Russian relations with the US.

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Coats once again criticized the president's statement in Helsinki as inconsistent with what multiple agencies have assessed. Mr Antonov said he had not seen Mr Trump's invitation himself, but added that "Russia was always open to such proposals".

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