Trump has stirred a bipartisan outcry in the days since his Monday summit with Putin in Helsinki, at which he dismissed the findings of the US intelligence community and appeared to side with the Russian leader on the issue of whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
Since Monday's summit and joint news conference in Helsinki, Trump and his aides have been trying to control the damage done when he stunned the world by siding with Putin over US intelligence agencies on the question of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 USA election.
"Say that again", USA national intelligence director Dan Coats responded, when informed of the invitation during an appearance at a security conference in Colorado.
The record is vital in case the other side has a different understanding or recollection of what occurred, as it "provides the means for the U.S. side to rebut that country's arguments", McKeon said, adding that it also ensures the U.S. can follow through on commitments made by the president.
As the White House tried to put some distance between the two leaders, Trump made a jarring move in the opposite direction on Thursday, offering to host Putin in the autumn. Business Insider reached out to the White House for clarification on this matter, but did not receive an immediate response.
"I think what's important about that conversation is, it's not that one side is right, one side is wrong", Secretary Nielsen told NBC News' Peter Alexander Thursday afternoon, when asked specifically about the August 2017 Charlottesville rally that left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead. "That's going to be special", he said, after expressing shock at the news. She had said on Wednesday the proposal was being considered. On Wednesday, Trump answered "no" to a reporter's question on whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, only to have Sanders say later he was saying "no" to answering any questions - not to the question itself.
A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has always been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond and is believed to have interfered in the 2016 presidential election that sent Trump to the presidency.
Putin faces no serious political opposition at home, and leads a country that has never experienced a democratic transfer of power.
Trump also said USA treatment of Russian Federation had been "foolish" before he came into office, and that held hold "both countries responsible" for declining relations.
Two letters got Donald Trump in trouble again later in the week.
In a reference to his summit last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, he added: "Remember when they said I was too tough with Chairman Kim?"
"We want very much to have a strong Russian Federation because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russian Federation is we think in the interest of the world", Clinton can be heard saying in the video. Critics complained that Trump was given ample opportunity at a joint news conference on Monday to scold Putin over Russian interference in the election but instead accepted Putin's denials over the word of American intelligence agencies.
The White House had to come out and issue another clarification, insisting it would not be happening. Trump said. The idea landed with a thud among officials back in the U.S.