>> From Helsinki to Washington, the White House saying President Trump wants to invite Russia's President Vladimir Putin to the United States for a follow up meeting this Fall. I'm Andy Sullivan, Washington, where Trump is pushing for a second meeting with Putin, despite the fact that his first meeting has critics across the political spectrum ringing alarm bells.
Raising the prospect that the man who US intelligence agencies say oversaw an unprecedented hacking campaign to help put Trump in the White House could soon be visiting the White House himself. The White House saying on Twitter that Trump has asked his National Security Advisor John Bolton to set up the meeting, adding that discussions are already on the way.
Trump's top intelligence official Daniel Coats was among those taken by surprise.>> Okay.>> Yeah
at's gonna be special.>> Trump facing sharp criticism this week for appearing to side with Putin over his own intelligence agencies. Which say the Russian President over saw a sophisticated campaign to tilt the election toward Trump.
>> Is Russia still targeting the US, Mr. President?>> Thank you very much, no.>> Press let's go, make your way out, no you don't believe that to be the case? Let's go->> So the President was saying no to answering questions.>> Security officials like Coats say they're on the look out for further hacking efforts in this November's midterm elections.
Coats has been at odds with Trump on this issue, his job rumored to be at risk.>> But it's undeniable that the Russians are taking the lead on this. They are the ones that are trying to wreak havoc over our election process. We need to call them out on that, it's critical that we do so, and then take steps to make sure that they are not able to do this with the election coming up.
>> Trump clarifying since Helsinki that he does share that assessment. Still, he says he's eager to build out global security agreements that the two men discussed in private. From Iran to North Korea to the two countries' own nuclear arsenals. But it's not clear whether anybody in his government knows for sure what Trump and Putin actually talked about.
Republicans in congress say they take the Russian threat seriously as well, but so far they're not doing much about it. On Thursday they blocked an effort to get the only other American in the room Trump's translator to tell law makers to tell law makers about what happened in that meeting.
Democrats protesting on the house floor at this point there's not much more they can do.