'Say that again?': U.S. intelligence chief's shocked response to Putin invitation

Donald Trump invites Vladimir Putin to visit Washington in autumn

Trump and Putin met last week in the presidential palace in Helsinki

It depends on who you talk to. The official did not specify if that meant Russia's interference in USA elections. "President Putin knows this better than anybody, certainly better than the media". Trump has since walked back his comments, saying he does believe US intelligence conclusions.

Earlier Thursday, House Democrats attempted to subpoena the translator from the meeting for questioning as well, but were blocked by Republicans. Republicans have blocked the move.

President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with members of his cabinet in Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, July 18, 2018.

A day after his meeting with Putin, Trump "clarified" his statements at a press conference saying he had full faith in the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 USA election.

But on Thursday Mr Trump said the meeting was a "great success" and he was looking forward to their next meeting. "This is a democracy. No one makes a big deal of that".

Typically, a summit, especially one between two major powers, will occur after weeks and months of meticulous planning at lower levels with an eye toward producing demonstrable results.

"I think that's an incredible offer", Trump responded in Helsinki.

Mr Trump was attacked by both sides of politics and Americans across the board for appearing to side with Mr Putin over his own intelligence agencies with regards to whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 United States election.

Trump and Putin met privately for more than two hours at Monday's Helsinki summit. Trump said he and Putin, who United States intelligence agencies say directed interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, had a friendly rapport. They cite the fact that the Trump's administration is already being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller over Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, and say the circumstances justify subpoenaing Trump's interpreter.

Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey also raised concerns about whether Trump could have used the summit to pursue his worldwide business interests. In recent days he has spoken of finding broad consensus with Trump on ensuring security along Syria's border with Israel and on arms control issues.

They also warn that subpoenaing Gross would create a unsafe precedent that could hurt the state of US diplomacy as well as future presidents of either party.

He also CNBC in the interview that the network taped Thursday that he still believes that 'getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russian Federation, is positive, not a negative'.

He said he hadn't seen Mr. Trump's invitation himself, but that "Russia was always open to such proposals". Those, he said in a tweet, include terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyberattacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace and North Korea.

"There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems. but they can ALL be solved!"

In a sharp rebuke to the White House, the resolution passed with unanimous support from both parties, 98-0.

The White House continued to fuel the week-long fire when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee announced on Wednesday that Trump was considering a widely-panned request from Russian Federation. But turning those issues from topics of discussion into action apparently remains a work in progress.

"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or 'why it wouldn't be Russian Federation", he told reporters at the White House.

"OK", he continued, pausing for a deep breath.

US President Donald Trump has announced that he will invite his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to a meeting in Washington, DC, drawing protest from the top Senate Democrat, who had earlier questioned the two leaders' summit in Helsinki.

Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said in Moscow that the summit was a "remarkable event ... the main event of the current political season".

Trump has been widely criticized for his performance in Helsinki, Finland, at which he was deeply deferential to the Russian leader and lashed out at his own country.

In a story explaining the cover, the editors said the merged image represents the conflict between the question of alleged collusion with Russian Federation and the question of whether Russian Federation attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election. "For us, the case is closed", he said.

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