Matt Schlapp: It’s DNI Coats’ Fault He Didn’t Know Trump Was Inviting Putin to White House

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp says Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has only himself to blame for getting caught off guard by President Trump‘s White House invitation to Vladimir Putin.

When the America’s intel honcho gave an interview yesterday to Andrea Mitchell, he seemed amazingly surprised to hear that Trump offered to host his Russian counterpart later this year. This happened as Trump continues to face a political firestorm for accepting Putin’s denial of the idea that Russia interfered with the 2016 election.

You might recall, Coats released a statement after Trump’s press conference, rebuking the president and saying the American intelligence community stands by their assessment despite what Putin says.

As Schlapp defended Trump’s diplomatic conduct in a spirited Friday interview with NBC’s Peter Alexander, he said its all on Coats if the DNI chief was out of the loop regarding Trump’s invite to Putin.

“If you’re going to give a speech at Aspen, maybe you ought to call the national security adviser, check in with the White House,” said Schlapp. “He wasn’t prepped for the interview. That’s his own fault…The Cabinet has an obligation to stay hooked up with the President.”

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