What happened at Monday's one-on-one between Trump and Putin with only interpreters present remained a mystery, even to top officials and USA lawmakers who said they had not been briefed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. Mr Trump also met Mr Putin previous year in Germany and Vietnam.
He said he hadn't seen Trump's invitation himself, but that "Russia was always open to such proposals".
Mr. Trump, however, termed the summit a "great success" and rejected the political outrage as "fuss" created by the "fake news media".
Mr Trump's blond hair and eyebrows merge with the Russian president's angular features and blue eyes.
"This issue was discussed", he said, adding without elaborating that Putin made "concrete proposals" to Trump on solutions for the Ukraine conflict.
As for Putin's offer on investigations, Sanders it was "made in sincerity" and the USA hopes he will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".
Mixed messages from Trump have increased worries in Congress that the White House is not taking seriously the threat that senior officials say Russian Federation now poses to the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
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US intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November.
On Tuesday, Trump said he had misspoken when he said he did not see a reason why it would have been Russian Federation that meddled, and had actually meant to make the opposite statement. A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told Bloomberg that "some new ideas were discussed" in Helsinki and "they will be worked on", but he refused to go into detail about what Putin had said about Ukraine at the summit.
"The meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media", the 72-year-old United States leader tweeted. "We are doing much better than any other country!"
At Monday's news conference, Putin described the proposal when he was asked about the possible extradition of 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted in the United States on charges of meddling in the 2016 election by carrying out cyber attacks on Democratic Party networks.
'Coats has gone rogue, ' a White House official told the Washington Post.
At the same time, Trump contended that he has been "far tougher on Russian Federation than any president in many, many years, maybe ever".
The White House is guarding against the prospect that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats could damage the president with a high-profile resignation after the nation's top spy chief has suffered a series of slights.
Ukraine's government didn't immediately respond to the developments but former Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko said, "Kiev will never agree to a referendum in the Donbass initiated by Russian Federation".
"We have received no further direction than we've now been operating under", Gen. Joseph Votel said in a video-teleconference from his headquarters in Tampa, Florida.