Huckabee Sanders also announced that the White House would not proceed with a plan to extradite USA citizens to Russian Federation for questioning in exchange for Russian Federation allowing its intelligence officials to be questioned as part of the Mueller probe. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss planning, said the talks would also cover nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran and Syria.
During the panel, Coats said he was still not sure what was discussed at Trump and Putin's one-on-one meeting in Helsinki.
Speaking before a large and enthusiastic crowd in the normally red state of Kansas, Sanders knocked the president for his failure to stand up to the Russian president for the country's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
"Over the course of my career as an undercover officer in the C.I.A., I saw Russian intelligence manipulate many people", Hurd wrote.
During a post-summit news conference on Monday, the president seemed to favor Putin's denials over the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the election in order to benefit Trump. He did not elaborate on what Putin's solutions would be.
Ukraine has been at war for control of two of its eastern regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, after an uprising of pro-Russian separatists there in 2014.
Coats said he would have advised against Trump and Putin's private meeting in Helsinki, which anxious United States security officials because no notes were taken and only two interpreters were present, but that he had not been consulted.
Asked about it during a news conference in Berlin on Friday, Merkel said she was "pleased whenever there is a meeting" between the U.S. and Russian Federation.
The Russian envoy to the USA said on Friday that Moscow was "open" to the possible visit. The news seemed to surprise even Mr. Trump's own director of national intelligence.
He took a deep breath and continued, saying: "OK".
"OK. That's going to be special", he said, laughing.
One official, asked if the reaction to Helsinki would be a more organized process, said this is often how the White House operates.
"I am in full support of the President", said Demetra DeMonte, a national committeewoman from IL, when asked about Trump's stance on Russian Federation.
The US president had initially described the proposal as an "incredible offer".
The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the proposal.
Asked about the Putin invitation, Alaska Republican Sen. The White House was reported to be reviewing the demand. "They should stop invading their neighbors".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he believes that Russian Federation will try to undermine democracies around the world for the foreseeable future. Indeed, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called the proposal a "negotiating trap", and the U.S. National Security Council has reportedly already rejected it. There is $380 million approved in the current budget for the program, which is meant to help states strengthen election systems from hacking and other cyberattacks.
Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, said the idea sets a unsafe precedent that threats the "the whole idea of diplomacy", according to Russian news agencies. He went to George H.W.'s home. The announcement has stirred speculation of a possible address by Putin to a joint meeting of Congress, an honor that is sometimes - but not always - accorded to foreign leaders on state visits to the United States.