Russian Federation on Thursday broadcast a series of videos showing the testing and operation of a new generation of nuclear and conventional weapons, days after Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed how to avoid an arms race.
His name reportedly appeared on a list of Americans who Russia could have access to if Trump went along with Putin's offer to allow special counsel Robert Mueller to interview the 12 Russians indicted last week for allegedly interfering with the 2016 USA presidential election.
"This issue was discussed", he said, adding without elaborating that Putin made "concrete proposals" to Trump on solutions for the Ukraine conflict.
United States President Donald Trump has asked his administration to formally invite his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to visit America at the end of this year.
Numerous lawmakers have criticized Trump for his post-summit statements raising doubts about Russia's interference in the 2016 USA elections, and past and current intelligence community officials also differed with many of his statements.
"President Trump was very clear we're not going to force Americans to go to Russia to be interrogated by the Russians".
"Probably not the best thing to do", Coats said, sighing, when asked about the meeting by NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. Putin has denied such interference.
To the surprise of many, the White House was reported to be reviewing the demand.
In the White House on Tuesday, Trump attracted more criticism for saying that it "could be other people also" who interfered with US elections.
Trump asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that meeting may come this fall.
"That the president would even entertain the idea of subjecting our diplomats to Putin's thuggery - that is an abuse of power", he said. When Trump ally Roger Stone appeared on Alex Jones' show to boast about Russia likely dropping dirt on Clinton, he pointed out Russian concerns about Clinton's purported war-mongering tendencies as a reason for releasing Clinton's hacked emails.
Trump also tweeted on Wednesday that his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels last week was an "acknowledged triumph", adding that his one-on-one with Putin "may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success".
Russia's official assessment of Trump's high-stakes summit with Putin is carefully upbeat.
The Americans wanted for questioning by Russian Federation include Michael McFaul, who was ambassador to Russian Federation from January 2012 to February 2014, and American-born financier Bill Browder, who lobbied the USA government to impose new sanctions on Moscow. Photographs of the meeting first emerged from Russia's Tass news agency.
Trump's comments were characterized as "disgraceful" and "shameful" by US leaders from both parties.
The scale of the bipartisan outcry at Trump's stance toward Putin has only been rivaled by his 2017 waffling over condemning white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"I am not aware of anything like that since", Coats continued. "That's going to be special".
Trump drew a barrage of criticism in the United States, including from lawmakers in both parties, after he refused to blame Putin for the election meddling. Russian officials have said they want to interview Kremlin critics Bill Browder and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
Coats, being the top US intelligence official that he is, of course reacted as if he hadn't been told a thing about it.
"If the bill is going to get to the floor and then becomes a vehicle for all kinds of amendments that are unrelated to the core of the bill, than it's going to eat up all this floor time and it's going to be hard for us to get a vote on it", Rubio said.