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Trump invites Putin to visit US

Trump invites Putin to visit US

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he holds his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Moscow's attempts to interfere in the 2016 USA election.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Coats tiptoed around any potential conflict with his boss, but was upfront about some of his misgivings, saying that he wished Trump had made different statements Monday in Helsinki after meeting Putin.

Putin gave his latest account of the meeting during at a conference with top Russian ambassadors and officials at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing the president's comments to the part of the session that was closed to the public.

Asked in Helsinki whether he would extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the United States for hacking Democratic Party computers, Putin said he could meet the USA government "halfway".

Butina's arrest Sunday added to the political turmoil in Washington over Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and allegations that President Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with the Russians.

"Probably not the best thing to do", Coats said, sighing, when asked about the meeting by NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. "It's a risk", Coats said of the poisonings, which Russian Federation has denied.

Coats's remarks reportedly ruffled feathers in the White House.

When CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett asked on Wednesday whether the president believes Russian meddling is happening, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said "not specifically", since "there's now not an election today".

No Russian leader has visited the White House in almost a decade.

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Both he and Trump, who held their first summit in Helsinki on Monday, have spoken of the need to avoid an arms race, and Putin has spoken of the urgent need to work to extend the new START strategic arms reduction treaty.

"Trump's behaviour was a total disaster for long-term prospects of the normalization of the U.S. -Russia relationship", said Alexander Gabuev of the Carnegie Moscow Center.

"Certain forces are trying to disavow the results of the meeting in Helsinki", and hamper progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the war in Syria, Putin said.

In his first comments about the summit, Putin insisted that Russian Federation remains "open to contacts with the U.S".

At the news conference with Putin, he was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again, and he did not directly answer. Coats looked shocked, spontaneously laughed, and said, "Okay. that's going to be special". "Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting".

How did Trump respond to Putin's suggestion?

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.

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump said on Tuesday. He says with that pressure on him, why shouldn't the US go forward and see what happens.