"I think a lot of times us politicians make a lot of noise without really knowing all the intelligence that goes behind the decisions the president makes", Bailey told DW, referring to the Helsinki summit this week between Trump and Putin that has sparked a political firestorm.
"I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more", Trump said.
"No, you don't believe that to be the case?" the reporter asked over the din.
But in the Trump administration, Coats could be walking into a minefield, given the president's track record of firing officials who don't toe his line.
"We need a new positive agenda, aimed at working together and finding common ground", he said.
He went on to say that no president has been tougher on Russian Federation than he has. "Earlier, he tweeted that "so many people at the higher ends of intelligence" loved his press conference in Helsinki" and that he got along well with Putin, "which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match".
USA intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November. He has "full faith" in United States intelligence agencies, he went on to say, and that he accepted their findings that Russian Federation had meddled in the elections.
The Hermitage Capital CEO Bill Browder said he hasn't heard from anyone in the Trump administration and called the idea of handing over senior US officials to the Russians "just beyond belief". Susan Collins of ME said of Trump's one-word response.
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Contradicting his own intelligence agencies, he said there had been no reason for Russian Federation to meddle in the vote. On July 16, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had the first full-scale meeting in Helsinki.
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"My people came to me ... they said they think it's Russia" that interfered, Trump said.
The White House is denying that President Trump believes Russian Federation is no longer targeting US elections and other infrastructure, despite his apparent answer to a reporter's question Wednesday morning.
That is in direct contradiction to a statement his director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, made on Monday. He also sounded the alarm about potential attacks on U.S. infrastructure and the financial system. That will make his supporters more likely to view this entire episode, walkback and all, as more media pummeling of Trump, rather than a grave self-inflicted wound on the worldwide stage. Lindsey Graham pointed to "a big discrepancy" between what they believed Trump said Wednesday and Coats' warning.
In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi staged a vote in support of the intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. He just said it's not Russian Federation. The Magnitsky Act targets certain Russian officials and business leaders linked to human-rights abuses with sanctions.
Newt Gingrich, a staunch Republican ally whose wife Clarissa Gingrich is Trump's ambassador to the Vatican, called the Helsinki news conference the "most serious mistake" of the Trump presidency.
I've seen many on-air references to "hostage video", as if Trump was reciting these words under duress.
Mr Putin had both criticism and praise for Mr Trump in a broad speech about Russian foreign policy.
Trump took to Twitter early today to defend the meeting, promising "big results" from better relations with Russian Federation and hitting back at "haters".