President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday echoed President Donald Trump's insistence that Russian Federation did not seek to aid his White House bid in 2016 - a claim directly contradicting the US intelligence community's assessment of the Kremlin's election interference, according to an article published by New York Daily News.
The top USA intelligence official has revealed that, three days after President Donald Trump met privately with Russian leader Vladimir Putin for more than two hours, he does not know what the two men discussed or agreed.
"I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin", he tweeted. "There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems.but they can ALL be solved!"
American intelligence agencies concluded previous year that Russian Federation carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 USA election, seeking to sow discord, disparage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and help Trump's candidacy.
When Coats pushed back at Trump's Monday statements siding with Putin on election interference, senior aides were fearful he might quit, according to the Post.
"Hopefully, President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".
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.
"OK", he said and took a deep breath before adding: "That's going to be special".
It was a controversial meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin on July 16, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov calling the outcome "better than super". Now that he's the country's top intelligence official, Coats said he prefers to stay out of the headlines.
Critics have questioned why Trump would invite the Russian leader to Washington during election season.
Putin has rejected accusations his government meddled in the election won by Trump.
"I watched the president's interaction with President Putin after their one-on-one meeting".
The announcement comes as Trump faces severe backlash for his flip-flopping this week as to whether he believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
Putin said, "I want to confirm that Russian Federation is interested in this development and. will act accordingly", but neither leader was very clear about what the next steps would be. "In the United States, in Russian Federation, or anywhere else", he said in a statement. Standing alongside Putin, Trump called the idea "an incredible offer". Republicans, even anti-Trump ones, are resisting the effort.