Published: Mon, July 23, 2018

See how Trump's stand on Russian Federation has shifted since Helsinki

See how Trump's stand on Russian Federation has shifted since Helsinki

"The president has access to every bit of evidence", Mr. Gowdy, South Republican, told Fox News Sunday.

On Thursday, the White House issued a statement saying Trump "disagrees" with Putin's offer. "OK, that's going to be special".

US President Donald Trump caused global uproar and attracted criticism from even his strongest supporters after he "misspoke" at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Coats has gone rogue", said one senior White House official after hearing of the director's remarks.

Confusion followed after his return to the USA, where he has since said that he misspoke at a joint news conference in Helsinki with Mr Putin and does hold the Russian leader personally responsible. "It is what it is", Coats said.

Trump's public doubting of Russia's culpability for interference in 2016 - though he tried to "clarify" his remarks a day later - sparked bipartisan condemnation in Washington and sparked congressional lawmakers to look once again for ways to tighten sanctions on the longtime US foe. That Coats spoke at all, and so candidly, was somewhat out of his step with his custom.

One source said there was a belief that if Coats had been in Washington instead of Colorado, he would not have been surprised by the news.

'I and the entire intel (ligence) community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump´s ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearize unsafe regimes and protect our nation and our allies, ' Coats added in his statement.

At a July 16 press conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump was asked by a reporter, "Who do you believe?"

There was no indication that Coats or his staff had been aware of what was coming.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that President Donald Trump's advisers should consider leaving the White House if Trump continues to publicly disparage the nation's intelligence community and cast doubt on the evidence that Russian Federation attempted to interfere in the 2016 election.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland. "It was a part of my role, and I felt that it was important that I do that". Moscow and Washington have been holding closed-door consultations on implementing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) and the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said, addressing a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club on Friday.

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