Trump tells CBS he 'would' hold Putin responsible for election meddling

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Donald Trump's "puzzling affinity" for Vladimir Putin has inspired Time magazine's latest cover.

Just three days after his controversial summit in Helsinki, President Donald Trump is set to have asked his national security advisor to extend an invitation to the White House to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Coats said he was also not aware of the content of the private the president's private conversation with Vladimir Putin Helsinki.

"Obama didn't do it", Trump told CNBC in an interview at the White House.

Meanwhile, the White House sought Thursday to tamp down another firestorm that broke out in the wake of Trump's summit this week with Putin, making clear the president does not support the Russian leader's proposal to allow his government to interview American officials.

In return, Mr Putin wanted permission for Russian Federation to interview Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes. Sanders said Putin's proposal was "made in sincerity", but Trump "disagrees with it".

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The White House said on Wednesday that Trump would meet with his team about U.S officials being questioned by Russian Federation . Trump walked back the comment a day later, saying he misspoke, while adding "could be other people also".

Putin and Trump sat down for their first summit in Helsinki on Monday, an event that sparked a storm of criticism in the United States after Trump refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 US election, something Putin denies. No Russian leader has visited the White House in almost a decade. Officials said Thursday the White House and State Department were also likely to fight such a move as a breach of executive authority, making the appearance of the notes unlikely until they are published in a historical record decades from now.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he believes that Russian Federation will try to undermine democracies around the world for the foreseeable future. Russia's defense and foreign ministries, meanwhile, have both said they are ready to start putting those agreements into action.

The Americans in question include former United States ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and alleged crimes include fraud and corruption.

Thursday caps off a week in which Coats, who leads the United States intelligence community, has seemed at odds with Trump.

He said it would have been naive to expect that the Helsinki summit could have resolved problems that had built up over many years in the space of a few hours.

Earlier on Thursday, the USA president had said of Mr Putin: "I look forward to our second meeting".

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Trump and Putin met in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

Despite the bipartisan criticism, Mr Trump pointed blame at the media, tweeting: 'The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war.

"I've told some of the members, I know Jeanne Shaheen, I talked to her yesterday on the floor, other members have brought it up", he said.

"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", he tweeted. Critics complained that Trump was given ample opportunity at a joint news conference on Monday to scold Putin over Russian interference in the USA election but instead accepted Putin's denials over the word of American intelligence agencies.

It was the first clarification that had to be issued after a number of deeply controversial comments made by Mr Trump during that news conference.

"We will see how things develop further, ' Mr Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the U.S. trying to prevent any improvement in relations and 'putting narrow party interests above the national interest". "Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can't concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome". And letting Russians come to the U.S.to observe questioning, he said wryly, is "probably even lower on our list".

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Trump belatedly decided Putin's "incredible offer" of shared US-Russia investigations was no good after all.

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