President Trump 'Disagrees' With Putin's Interview Offer, White House Says

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Pushing back against criticism of his Putin meeting, Trump said Thursday he wants another meeting with Putin to start implementing ideas they discussed in Helsinki, casting the summit as a starting point for progress on a number of shared concerns.

In a later briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that Trump's "no" actually meant he was not taking any more questions from reporters.

Earlier on Thursday, US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he did not know what happened in the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Putin.

"I was just doing my job", Coats told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, defending a public rebuke he'd issued on Monday after Trump claimed Russian Federation hadn't targeted the U.S.

Asked about what he thought when he heard Trump's statements at Helsinki, Coats said: "Well, my thoughts there were that I believed that I needed to correct the record for that".

Trump and Putin praised US-Russia military ties at the joint press conference following their summit, and mentioned the possibility of greater cooperation in the seven-year war in Syria that has killed about half-a-million people.

That offer was to allow the USA to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, in exchange for Russia being allowed to interview Americans they had accused of unspecified crimes.

"People came to me, Dan Coats came to me, and some others - they said they think it's Russia", Trump said.

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Mr Trump flagged that he would have a second meeting with Mr Putin but did not give any details about when or where it would happen.

The Senate on Thursday voted unanimously in a 98-0 vote in favor of a resolution expressing Congress's opposition to the United States government allowing Russian Federation to question USA officials.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it", Sanders said on Thursday, a day after saying the proposal was going to be discussed by Trump's team. "I hope that the president has learned something".

He also restated the US intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

Putin agreed the summit was a success and said on Thursday it "led to some useful agreements", without providing details.

It presumably would take place at the White House, but Sanders did not say where Trump and Putin would meet.

USA intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November.

"We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation". She said the US hopes Putin will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

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