U.S. President Donald Trump, after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, said he saw no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russia interfered to help him win the 2016 presidential election.
Coats, a former IN senator, said his team has "been clear IN our assessments of Russian meddling" after Trump said he takes Putin at his "strong" words denying attempts to interfere IN the 2016 election. "But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".
CNN's Anderson Cooper declared that the press conference was "perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader that I have ever seen".
Asked about this, Putin said he did not know Trump was in Moscow when the future U.S. president visited Russian Federation in 2013 for the Miss Universe beauty contest. "I didn't even know he was in Moscow", said Putin, despite having gifted Trump a mysterious black box during his 2013 visit which contents remain unknown to this day. After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin.
"As major nuclear powers, we bear special responsibility for maintaining global security", he said.
"We have a lot of good things to talk about and things to talk about", Trump said sitting alongside Putin. Putin, as always, denied all. Vladimir Putin is not our friend and never has been.
"I addressed the issue of Russian interference in our elections".
U.S. President Donald Trump participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. "I don't see any reason why it would be", he added.
Mr Trump spent much of his European tour this month flexing his muscles and throwing around threats - publicly chastising the European Union, blasting Germany, and attacking British prime minister Theresa May's leadership style - but when it came to his much-anticipated summit with Russian dictator Mr Putin, he cowered in the corner.
Daniel Coats was tapped by the president a year ago to serve as director of national intelligence. He is wholly in the pocket of Putin.
"It is clear Russia's intentions", he said. "I think the members of Congress certainly need to look into the details of that, but that's not something I have any privvied information about".
At a press conference following the summit, Trump praised their "direct, open and deeply productive dialogue" and emphasised the need for continued diplomacy over confrontation. But Trump did not strongly condemn the interference efforts, which US intelligence agencies insist did occur, including hacking of Democratic emails, the subject of last week's indictment of 12 Russians.
The Arizona Republican and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee added that Trump is unwilling to stand up to Putin. I think the United States has been foolish.
"Any meaningful improvement in our relationship with Russian Federation must be exclusively dependent on whether Putin's government starts to behave as a good faith actor on the world stage", Tillis said in a statement.
"I don't think we need to call Putin a liar".
While on stage with Putin, however, Trump criticized the investigation led by Robert Mueller for playing a role in the conflict between the countries.
Abby Huntsman, a Fox News reporter and daughter of U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, excoriated Trump in a tweet, saying "no negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus".