Meanwhile, the White House laid out the agenda for a second summit between Trump and Putin in the fall in Washington that would focus on national security concerns. "I'm happy that the two leaders of two very important countries are continuing to meet", Pompeo told reporters as he visited the United Nations to discuss North Korea. "I actually think we'll have a good relationship". Top aides gathered to convince the president to issue a rare walk-back of the comments he'd made raising doubts about US intelligence conclusions of Russian election interference as he stood alongside Vladimir Putin.
A Republican congressman and former Central Intelligence Agency officer, William Hurd, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times late on Thursday entitled, "Trump is Being Manipulated by Putin".
"Say that again", USA national intelligence director Dan Coats responded, when informed of the invitation during an appearance at a security conference in Colorado.
Trump also said US treatment of Russian Federation had been "foolish" before he came into office, and that held hold "both countries responsible" for declining relations.
In a report the Wall Street Journal published on Friday, a White House official said Trump was advised to take the Justice Department's recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers over election interference and "shove it in Putin's face and look strong doing it". Trump appeared to answer "no" to a reporter's question asking whether Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S. Hours later, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emerged to say Trump had merely tried to put a stop to the questioning by saying "no", although he continued discussing Russian Federation after that.
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The official was informed about the invite on live television, while he was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. As American officials groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday.
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The day after, Trump was back in Washington and said he does accept the intelligence community's conclusion, but added: "It could be other people also - there's a lot of people out there". Business Insider reached out to the White House for clarification on this matter, but did not receive an immediate response.
Putin told Russian diplomats on Thursday that US-Russian relations are "in some ways worse than during the Cold War", but that the meeting with Trump allowed a start on "the path to positive change". "We are ready for discussions on this subject".
The White House's silence over what agreements were made between President Trump and President Putin in Helsinki has handed the initiative to Russian Federation, which is wasting little time trying to nail down specifics. During the Monday press conference, he alleged that Bill Browder, an investor and Putin critic accused of financial crimes in Russian Federation, contributed $400 million to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Asked about the Putin invitation, Alaska Republican Senator Dan Sullivan said, "I wouldn't do it, that's for damn sure". It was Congress' first formal rebuke of Trump's actions at the summit and in its aftermath.
While Trump and Putin had met privately on three occasions in 2017, Trump opened the door to a potential White House meeting with him earlier this year. The Kremlin had said in April that the president had invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone in March.