Trump has stirred a bipartisan outcry in the days since his Monday summit with Putin in Helsinki, at which he dismissed the findings of the US intelligence community and appeared to side with the Russian leader on the issue of whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
"I haven't seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party", Nielsen told NBC News National Correspondent Peter Alexander at the Aspen Security Forum, in an interview that focused heavily on Russian meddling and the controversy of separating migrant children from their parents.
But what Daily News fails to mention is that the sum of that interference claimed by the intelligence community involved spending some $250,000-$300,000 on ads on Facebook and "propaganda" from Trump operatives appearing on the Russia-sponsored RT news service. She added that Russia's influence operations were aimed at causing chaos on both sides.
"I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin", Trump tweeted.
Despite speaking critically about Putin, Coats did say the United States sometimes coordinates with Russian Federation on very specific topics including counterterrorism.
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Instead, some RNC members agreed with the President's suggestion that the intelligence community has sought to undermine him and his presidency, including special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
However, Russia "was always open to such proposals".
He also said Moscow is ready to discuss a possible visit by Putin to Washington after a surprise invitation from Trump.
Almost a year has passed since white nationalists convened a violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one counter-protester was killed.
US federal prosecutors accused Maria Butina this week of being a covert Russian agent and working to infiltrate USA political organizations, including the National Rifle Association, before and after Donald Trump's election as president.
"President Trump was very clear we're not going to force Americans to go to Russia to be interrogated by the Russians", he said. Now that he's the country's top intelligence official, Coats said he prefers to stay out of the headlines.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.