But last Friday, Coats spoke up.
Putin added that other issues that Russian Federation would like to discuss in the arms control sphere are the USA missile defense plans and the weaponization of space. But on the plus side, Putin offered POTUS an official soccer ball from the World Cup that just concluded in Russian Federation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is standing behind the US intelligence community's conclusion that the Russians interfered in the 2016 elections - despite President Donald Trump's latest comments.
American politicians on both sides of the aisle, as well as former US intelligence officials and diplomats, began sharply criticizing Trump's remarks, even before the president had boarded Air Force One for the flight back home.
Hillary Clinton trolls Trump before his summit meeting with Putin
They were scheduled to hold a working lunch accompanied by aides later on Monday before speaking to media. I think hopefully we can do something about that because it's not a positive force it's a negative force.
And former CIA Director John O. Brennan going as far as to call Trump's performance "treasonous". The Russian agents are accused of hacking email accounts controlled by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign and publicizing messages.
The US leader, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite the election allegations, went into the summit blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low. "It could not have been a lot worse".
Putin suggested special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is looking into interference in the November 2016 vote, send Moscow a request to interview the Russians he suspects of meddling.
The Wisconsin Republican says the American intelligence community and the House Intelligence Committee agree that Russian Federation interfered in the election.
Vladimir Putin categorically stated that a collective approach by both the countries can end terrorism throughout the globe. "Nor does he want to be our friend", Burr added.
"The president is doing grave harm to the standing of these United States while kowtowing to". Putin, as always, denied all.
McCain's statement also refers to Trump's sidestepping of a reporter's question who asked who Trump believed on whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
But despite the outcry among politicians, the press conference won't shift the Republican party's support of the President, said Nahal Toosi, Politico's foreign affairs correspondent.