Trump to invite Putin to Washington after Helsinki summit

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He said he wished Trump hadn't met alone with the Russian leader-and hadn't questioned intelligence agencies' conclusions on Russian election interference.

President Donald Trump on Thursday insisted he has been tough on Russian Federation, describing former President Barack Obama as a "pasty" for the Kremlin.

Antonov said Moscow is working to return her to Russian Federation.

Here's how the week played out.

Concerns have been raised in the USA about what the two presidents discussed at their meeting.

The announcement appeared to come as a surprise to US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who was told about it during a live interview at the Aspen Security Forum in the state of Colorado.

By Thursday afternoon, Sanders said in a statement, "It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it".

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

Trump later said he misspoke about Russia's election interference and meant to say he did not "see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".

On Wednesday, the White House said Trump's answer of "no" to a reporter who asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States was just his declining to answer questions. "There is such unbridled passion that even people who can normally have a reasonable discussion, just go overboard", Rivera said.

Merkel told a news conference Friday that the alliance's so-called Article 5 promising mutual defense is "a central element of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and I believe this Article 5 valid for all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states, not just for big ones or small ones or for some". "There was no collusion at all".

Coats said it was news to him.

While the White House appeared to be considering the idea, lawmakers scrambled to issue a unified response against Russian Federation. "What would compel our president to do such a thing?'" Sort of a double negative.

Trump emphasized that, "I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, I always have".

"It was important to take that stand on behalf of the intelligence community and on behalf of the American people".

At the end of a meeting with members of his Cabinet, a reporter called out a question.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of Trump's most vocal Republican critics, had to agree.

At the Pentagon, Trump's reference to Ukraine alarmed officials, who have tried to reassure skittish European allies that the United States will stand with them to prevent Russian Federation from carrying out the same predatory moves it imposed there.

The caution is a notable change in tone from just before the summit, when the President's team seemed bolstered by a political climate that married declining public support for Mueller's probe with an inspector general report that raised significant questions about the conduct of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump: "We're doing very well". "We made the first step and we can now expect our contact to develop", he told the state-funded Rossia 24 TV channel.

The president's pro-Russia remarks often put the intelligence chief, who has criticized Russian Federation for years, in a tough position. All you have to do is look at the numbers.

However, neither Trump nor the White House has confirmed any agreements between the two countries. "The president and his administration are working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections as they have done in the past and as we have stated".

Mr Trump may have been encouraged by recent opinion polling showing that while the public at large is uneasy with Mr Trump's Russian Federation policies, his Republican base - by a sizeable majority - is fine with his performance.

Speaking Friday in Moscow, Anatoly Antonov did not directly respond to Trump's proposal to invite Putin to Washington later this year.

Mr Putin faces no serious political opposition at home, and leads a country that has never experienced a democratic transfer of power. Putin has said this will be combat ready in 2020. "We need to know".

"Say that again?" Coats said, cupping his hand over his ear. This is what he does. "It better not be".

It comes a day after Vladimir Putin showed off an array of super-weapons to the world including a fighter jet to launch hypersonic missiles from the air and a new nuclear-powered cruise missile.