“Coats has gone rogue”, said one senior White House official after hearing of the director’s remarks.
“That DNI Coats was surprised, and his fanciful reaction, is what is most alarming to people”, the source said.
A incredible lack of communication within the Trump administration has become apparent in the wake of President Trump’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Trump waited 27 hours, sent five tweets and sat for two television interviews after his initial comments in Helsinki before claiming he’d used a confusing “double negative” and meant “would” instead of “wouldn’t” in a key sentence at his press conference about who was responsible for election meddling.
Trump said he and Putin, who United States intelligence agencies say directed interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, had a friendly rapport.
“Look, the fact is we got along well”, Trump said in the interview, which was taped on Thursday.
She said Trump’s “frightened fawning over Putin is an embarrassment and a grave threat to our democracy”.
USA prosecutors have accused Maria Butina of working to infiltrate political organizations, including the National Rifle Association, before and after Donald Trump’s election as president in 2016.
Mr Trump tweeted a list of topics discussed at the summit, including terrorism, security for Israel, Middle East peace, Ukraine, North Korea and more, and wrote: “There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems… but they can all be solved!” “I don’t see that”. “We saw that most clearly in this recent meeting with Putin”. On the domestic front, she warned of his aim to “have us not trust each other anymore”, an effort she acknowledged has been tremendously successful.
“Thank you very much, no”, Trump said.
As Americans groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday.
Trump and Coats appeared to be at odds in the aftermath of the President’s meeting with Putin at the beginning of the week.
“President Trump asked Ambassador Bolton today to invite President Putin to Washington in the Fall to follow up on and review the two sides’ progress on the issues they discussed in Helsinki”, the NSC official told Brennan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on Saturday that the arrest of a Russian gun rights enthusiast on espionage charges in the United States was “unacceptable”, his ministry said. He did not spell out what they were. But he said, “Russia was always open to such proposals”.
But election meddling wasn’t the only issue to come out of the summit.
This was three days after special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking offences related to the election.
There was more verbal drama at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, when Trump was asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S. Burt declined to identify the candidates.