Trump to invite Putin to White House in the fall

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Coats admitted on Thursday that he still doesn't know what was said in the United States president's one-on-one meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

Sarah Sanders tweeted that discussions for the visit were already under way.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was being interviewed on stage at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday when he was surprised to hear President Donald Trump was inviting Vladimir Putin to Washington this fall.

Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coates was informed of the announcement by MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell during an onstage interview at the Aspen Security Form in Colorado.

Coats said it was Trump's "prerogative" not to have other American officials in the room with him, but "if he had asked me how that ought to be conducted I would have suggested a different way, but that's not my role". "OK, that's going to be special".

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It came as Mr Trump went on a Twitter rant against what he calls the fake news media, even calling his joint press conference with Mr Putin a "great success". Wednesday night, Trump had continued to walk back his presser announcement he was taking Putin at his word that he had not meddled in the USA 2016 election.

He said what he meant "should have been obvious - I thought it would be obvious but would like to clarify in case it wasn't".

In a tweet about Putin earlier Thursday, Trump said, "I look forward to our second meeting".

He also restated the US intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

Mr Trump later said he had misspoken and accused "some people " of hating the fact that he got along with Mr Putin. She said the U.S. hopes Putin will have the Russians indicted on charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

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At his joint press conference with Putin on Monday, Trump appeared to cast doubt on the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies that Putin ordered the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election.

"They said they think it's Russian Federation".

Mr Putin said Russian Federation wanted to question USA nationals the Kremlin accuses of "illegal actions".

Putin warned however of the dangers of Moscow and Washington failing to continue to mend ties, saying the New START strategic arms reduction treaty would expire soon unless both countries took action.

"We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation".

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As the US Senate on Thursday prepared to vote on a resolution putting Congress in opposition to allowing any US officials to be questioned by Russian Federation, the White House made its announcement rejecting the offer. She said the US hopes Putin will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

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