On Wednesday, even before he claimed Russian Federation isn't targeting America, Trump tweeted that people who "HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin" suffer from "Trump Derangement Syndrome".
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.
In the televised interview, the 75-year-old Coats said he wished Trump had not met one-on-one with Putin and expressed disappointment that Trump had publicly undermined US intelligence agencies.
At one point, the rhetorical zigzags left one senator lamenting a "walk-back of the walk-back" that was, she said, "dizzying".
As CBS News has previously reported, Mr. Trump said he wanted them withdrawn within six months.
"Remember when they said I was too tough with Chairman Kim?"
Lead federal prosecutor Erik Michael Kenerson said he doesn't believe that Butina was in Washington "just to attend American University" but instead was participating in a "covert influence campaign". Arrest of Russian citizen Maria Butina by U.S. security services is not linked to the investigation of the alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which is conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, Butina's lawyer Robert Neil Driscoll told TASS on Friday.
Russia's ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov on Wednesday claimed Trump made "important verbal agreements" with Putin, including on issues such as arm control and the conflict in Syria. "I don't like all of this work that we're putting into the economy and then I see rates going up", said the president in an interview to CNBC. Speaking with CNBC, Trump later characterized (and distorted) the exchange as "fools from the media saying, 'Why didn't you stand there, look him in the face, walk over to him, and start shouting at him?' I said, 'Are these people insane?" That contradicted the views of USA intelligence agencies so more clarifications had to follow.
Mr Trump later made clear he supported the USA intelligence community's findings about Russian meddling.
"There was a discussion between President Trump and President Putin about the resolution in Syria and how we might get the refugees back", Pompeo told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY.
By week's end, Trump had invited Putin to the White House for their next meeting. "We need to move forward from that with good public policy and part of that is, I think, standing with our intelligence community".
That didn't prevent Trump from once again referring to Mueller's investigation as a "rigged witch hunt" during a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May Friday morning.