This is the latest in a series of clarifications on the topic of Russian Federation by the White House over the course of the last seven days since President Trump's summit meeting with Putin where he expressed that he had "confidence in both parties", referring to the U.S. and Russian Federation.
Activists have expressed concern that, with a private meeting, neither Congress, nor U.S. Intelligence agencies, nor the American people have any idea what, if anything, Trump promised Putin, and could not refute anything Putin might claim Trump said or offered.
Also, per the poll, a 56 percent majority disapprove of President Trump expressing doubt about the positions of the US intelligence agencies in condemning Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not meant to be critical of Mr. Trump's decision to invite Mr. Putin to a meeting in Washington later this year. "My admittedly awkward response was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the president", hesaid.
Trump has been criticised by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for his joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki in which he declined to challenge the Russian president on issues such as Moscow's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later said that Trump was referring to the issue of whether his campaign colluded with Russia, not to the alleged Russian meddling itself. "Say that again", Coats said, cupping his hand over his ear on live television. "That's going to be special".
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"Basically, they are the ones that are trying to undermine our basic values and divide with our allies", Coats said of Russian Federation. "They are the ones who are trying to wreak havoc over our election process".
More Americans - 50 percent - disapproved of Trump's performance at the Helsinki conference than those who approved - 30 percent, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC poll.
"Yes, and he's very good at the following: [Trump] will get in your head before he even sits down with you", Ulrich said, when asked by Hill.TV co-host Buck Sexton if it was "fair" to call Trump "a master of body language".
Coats, a former GOP senator from IN, has until this week been a largely invisible figure IN Trump's Cabinet. Now with Pompeo heading the State Department, Coats has been thrust into the limelight as the voice of the intelligence community.