The official was informed about the invite on live television, while he was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
Exactly what Mr. Trump and Putin discussed, and what agreement or agreements they reached, has been the topic of much discussion and confusion.
"Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russian Federation is a positive, not a negative", Trump said.
Trump was nonetheless unfazed by the backlash, deeming the summit as a "great success" in a tweet earlier on Thursday while saying he looked forward to a second meeting with Putin.
This was the first full-scale Russia-US summit since Trump's election to the White House.
"Look, the fact is we got along well", he told CNBC, adding that the two did not agree on everything.
McKeon also said the "usual practice" after a meeting like Helsinki is for the NSC and the State Department to brief lawmakers as well as foreign allies in the aftermath.
'Coats has gone rogue, ' a White House official told the Washington Post.
"The notion that President Trump would invite a tyrant to Washington is beyond belief", she said.
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There are hopes inside the administration that the next summit will be more traditional, with US and Russian negotiators meeting ahead of time to set up an agenda and try to reach agreement on some issues.
The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the proposal.
As American officials groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday.
During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin used soccer metaphors and was handed a soccer ball that he tossed to Trump. "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.
On Wednesday, the Russian Prosecutor General's office listed Americans it wanted to question for "illegal activities", including Michael McFaul, who was USA ambassador to Russia under Democratic former President Barack Obama. He did not spell out what they were.
Coats said he was just doing his job when he quickly issued a statement Monday after the president appeared to give credence to Russia's denial of election interference.
Similarly, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Thursday said he didn't know the specifics of what Trump and Putin discussed.
Putin has rejected accusations that his government meddled in the election won by Trump.
Putin indicated he would permit American law enforcement officials to observe questioning by Russian officials of the indicted Russians and vice versa for Russian investigations. In that statement, Coats restated the US intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".