Among those surprised by the news, Coats, who got the news from MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell as she was interviewing him at the Aspen Security Forum, in Aspen, Colorado. He also said he wouldn't have recommended Trump meet alone with the Russian leader.
It was the latest about-face from the White House as it struggled to quiet an uproar over Trump's failure to confront Putin over Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the Trump administration would consider allowing Russians to question Americans.
"I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed", he wrote. "There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems.but they can ALL be solved!"
"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", Trump wrote. Minutes after Sanders announced Trump's disapproval of Russia's request, the Senate adopted a non-binding resolution that would bar United States officials from being questioned by the Kremlin in a 98-0 vote.
On Thursday, the US President asked his national security advisor John Bolton to make the invitation to President Putin.
While Trump has sought to walk back his remarks since returning to Washington, he has continued to face intense backlash from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Pressed for details, however, the White House could not provide any.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer criticized the invitation.
I say to them we are professionals. "It is what it is", Coats said in a verbal shrug.
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Numerous lawmakers have criticized Trump for his post-summit statements raising doubts about Russia's interference in the 2016 US elections, and past and current intelligence community officials also differed with many of his statements.
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.
Trump and Putin held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters.
That offer was to allow the U.S. to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, in exchange for Russia being allowed to interview Americans they had accused of unspecified crimes.
Trump was inaugurated as USA president on January 20, 2017. Bipartisanship is not dead yet in the US Senate. "Thank you all for your support".
Allowing a foreign government to interrogate a former American ambassador would be an unprecedented breach in protections traditionally provided to the nation's diplomats.
A couple of voices did point out that Clinton literally failed to defend U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, back in 2012, but to no avail. "So it is what it is", he said, adding in response to another question that "the risk is always there" that Putin recorded the meeting.
In Moscow, Putin said "powerful" USA forces were trying to sabotage the summit's achievements, but said he and Trump had begun to improve US-Russia ties anyway.
Antonov gave details of their discussions on arms control, but said the USA has been reluctant to back Russia's proposals so far.
Coats, who on Monday roundly defended the intelligence agencies' findings of Russian meddling, also advised against a one-on-one meeting with Putin, saying he "would look for a different way of doing it".
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"If we do not stop this man now, today, over 500 days into his presidency, we will be equally culpable in what he has planned for our great nation".
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