Moscow is open to a possible visit by Vladimir Putin to Washington after a surprise invitation from Donald Trump, Russia's USA envoy has said. Mr. Trump appeared to answer "no" to a reporter's question asking whether Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S. Hours later, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emerged to say Trump had merely tried to put a stop to the questioning by saying "no", although he continued discussing Russian Federation after that.
After the summit, when Trump said in a press conference that he accepted Putin's denial that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, Coats issued an extraordinary statement rejecting that conclusion.
Since the summit, the White House has been engulfed in crisis after crisis as Trump dug himself into a deeper hole vis-a-vis Russian Federation even after arriving back in the US.
He said he misspoke during the press conference and does accept the us intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the election, adding "could be other people also". He also attacked his Democratic opponents and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and said he held both countries accountable for the state of their relations. "It isn't especially noteworthy to me", he said.
In a tweet, Trump said that he was "severely criticised for being too nice to Putin" before he termed the "fake news media" as "hypocrites".
Something we know was discussed was an offer from Putin to allow United States investigators question Russians in exchange for Moscow being allowed question United States citizens, including a former ambassador.
Antonov said Moscow is working to return her to Russian Federation.More news: Senate, after Helsinki, eyes swift sanctions in case of more election meddling
President Trump reportedly signalled to the Russian leader that it was an "incredible offer" and that he would consider it. She said Trump was saying "no" to answering additional questions - although that didn't appear to be the case because he elaborated on Russian Federation.
Coats, whose office briefs Trump nearly daily on the most classified information on security threats to the United States, made clear that he did not agree with the president's decision to meet with Putin one-on-one, with only translators by their sides.
Trump tweeted Thursday that he looked forward a "second meeting" with Putin and defended his performance at Monday's summit, in which the two leaders conferred on a range of issues including terrorism, Israeli security, nuclear proliferation and North Korea. In the Old Days they would call it Diplomacy.
Trump's anger over having to answer Lemire's question - not his failure in attempting to do so - lingered on.
The reporter asked again, and Trump said "no" again.
Hours after Antonov spoke, the White House shot down the idea, saying the Trump administration "is not considering supporting" such a referendum. According to a report from Bloomberg citing unnamed officials that were present at a closed-door speech on July 19, Putin revealed that he had made a proposal to Trump to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine over the political status of the separatist territories in Donbas.