WATCH: Nation’s Leading Intelligence Official Admits He Doesn’t Understand What Happened at Trump-Putin Summit
On Thursday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats suggested he was never briefed on what President Donald Trump said to Vladimir Putin during their private meeting at the Helsinki summit.
The DNI chief joined Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her White House press briefing today, and they were also accompanied by FBI Director Chris Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, National Security director John Bolton, and other top members of the intelligence community. The ensemble delivered statements recognizing Russia’s election-meddling activities while also insisting that the administration is taking action to stop it from happening again.
When the floor was opened for questions, Reuters’ Jeff Mason noted the “disconnect” between Coats and the White House in light of everything that happened since Trump’s controversial press conference. When asked to explain this, the DNI chief said “I’m not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened in Helsinki.”
Coats passed the baton to Bolton, who said Trump and Putin discussed Russia’s election interference. This prompted further questions from Mason about why Trump chose not to bring this up when he and Putin held their joint press event, and whether Trump is really taking the advice he’s getting.
Watch above, via CNN.
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