U.S. spy chief reacts after THAT awkward response to Trump's Putin invite

Days after Helsinki summit Russia shows off Putin's'super weapons'More

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is urging President Trump to safeguard the US election process ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, telling the president to "lead this nation to make sure the 2018 election is protected".

In turn, national security experts said, Putin played Trump like a fiddle.

Trump endured a week of harsh criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike for his performance in Finland with Putin, and for the statements that followed in which the president seemingly continued to embrace Russian Federation and reject the US intelligence community.

Trump's public doubting of Russia's culpability for interference in 2016 - though he tried to "clarify" his remarks a day later - sparked bipartisan condemnation in Washington and sparked congressional lawmakers to look once again for ways to tighten sanctions on the longtime USA foe.

In a statement issued Saturday, Coats said, "My admittedly awkward response was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the President".

By the time Trump arrived back in the USA, the parade of critical statements had become a stampede, leaving the president the most isolated he'd been in the White House since last year's controversy over white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville. Yet, the Dossier is far from being the only reason Trump is suspected of being blackmailed by Russian Federation. It wasn't just the words he "misspoke" at the Helsinki summit that sparked criticism.

However, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said later that day that his remark was misunderstood, and that he was saying "no" to answering further questions from reporters.

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He also said he was did not know what happened in the one-on-one talks between the two leaders in Finland.

President Putin said "useful agreements" had been reached during the summit but we don't know what they are.

It has prompted calls for the subpoenaing of the notes taken by the U.S. translator who was in the room at the time and even calls for her to testify before a congressional hearing.

Something we know was discussed was an offer from Putin to allow U.S. investigators question Russians in exchange for Moscow being allowed question United States citizens, including a former ambassador. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who defended Trump, every Republican lawmaker either criticized the president for his actions or sidestepped the president while affirming that Russian Federation is an adversary. Sen.

The prospect sparked uproar, with U.S. senators voting to block the move.

Then following surprised laughter, Mr Coats said: "Okay, that's going to be special".

So right now it looks like a controversy blamed on an apostrophe won't be putting a full stop to President Trump's re-election hopes.

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