Trump's Russian Federation walk-back exercise program

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The US intelligence community, which concluded Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US presidential election under Putin's guidance, has warned the Kremlin is also planning attacks on future US elections - including the midterms. If this were a little bit less public and we dug what Trump is saying out of some secret documents we'd be exclaiming it: "Oh wow, this is treason!" If Coats had been in Washington instead of the conference, he would have been informed about the plan, one source familiar with the inner workings of the White House said on condition of anonymity.

When Coats learned during an interview Thursday at the Aspen festival that Putin was being invited to visit the the fall, he made no effort to hide the freakish nature of the situation. "It is what it is", Coats said. 'That's going to be special'. That's because nobody knows what happened during the private two-hour meeting.

The report also claimed that Trump was mad that reporters posed tough questions for him in the press conference with Vladimir Putin, lamenting that an Associated Press reporter was called on rather than a more friendly reporter who would not have asked such a hard question.

As he has for months, Trump told CNBC he had nothing to do with the Russians during the election, and he described the investigation as a "Democratic's a big, fat hoax". Ukraine, as well as the United States and the European Union, called that vote illegal.

Coats said Saturday his response was "admittedly awkward" and "was in now way meant to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the president".

His statement drew a sharp answer from his own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats.

Mr Antonov said he had not seen Mr Trump's invitation himself, but added that "Russia was always open to such proposals".

"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, '" he said.

Coats, who oversees the nation's 17 intelligence agencies, also said that if he had been asked, he would have advised Trump against meeting Putin alone, with just interpreters. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

'I think we will learn more. "That is the president's prerogative".

"I'm different than other presidents - I'm a deal-maker", Trump said at one point. So it is what it is'.

But Trump made some adjustments to the written statement he read aloud, adding that the meddlers "could be other people also". Califonia Rep. Jimmy Gomez said: "To side with Putin over USA intelligence is disgusting; to fail to defend the USA is on the verge of treason". We are here to provide professional service to our government, ' he said.

Before the meeting in Helsinki, Coats publicly warned that the U.S. was facing a growing cyber threat, singling out Russian Federation as the country's most hostile adversary.

Trump brought up Coats by name at his Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin, then sided with Putin's claim that he didn't interfere in the elections. Butina was a gun-rights advocate in Moscow before moving to the United States as a graduate student at the American University, where she started a relationship with veteran Republican operative Paul Erickson and became a member of the pro-gun group NRA.

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".