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US President Donald Trump has invited Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit the US in the autumn, his press secretary says.

The news broke amid ongoing fallout from Trump's recent meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki, Finland, where Trump sided with Putin over the judgment of his own intelligence services as to whether or not Russia tried to subvert the 2016 election.

The White House had said Wednesday it was under consideration, even though the State Department called Russia's allegations against the Americans "absurd".

"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy", Coats wrote in a statement released after Trump appeared to side with Putin, rather than United States intelligence agencies, on who was to blame for the election interference. Earlier Thursday, Trump called the summit "a great success" and said he looked "forward to our second meeting".

Putin, in his first public comments about the summit, told Russian diplomats Thursday that U.S.

While McFaul's name wasn't mentioned at the news conference held by the US and Russian leaders in Helsinki, Trump described Putin's proposed reciprocal interrogations as an "incredible" deal.

Trump has come under widespread domestic criticism about the meeting. In an interview with The Christian Broadcasting Network on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "that's not going to happen". "Let's just say apparently I was not missed".

Trump briefed on Putin's role in Russian interference 2 weeks before taking office. In particular, critics rejected his acceptance of Putin's denial that Moscow had meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

However, Putin said "powerful" USA forces were trying to sabotage what the summit had achieved.

Thursday's vote was a rare sign of consensus to address the divisive fallout of Trump's highly controversial remarks earlier this week, where the US President appeared to back Putin over the US intelligence community assessment that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 US presidential election.

Mr Coats said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado: "Well, you're right, I don't know what happened at that meeting".

"I just felt at this point in time that what we had assessed and reassessed and reassessed and carefully gone over still stands and that it was important to take that stand on behalf of the intelligence community and on behalf of the American people".

"Certain forces are trying to disavow the results of the meeting in Helsinki", and hamper progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the war in Syria, Putin said.

"We will respond appropriately to such aggressive steps, which pose a direct threat to Russian Federation". It was in response to the administration's so-called "zero tolerance" policy, which resulted in children being separated from their families when they entered the USA illegally.

A few days ago, Coats said America's digital infrastructure is at a critical point, comparing the current moment to the one before September 11, 2001 and declaring that the warning lights are "blinking red". "In intel language and parlance, the president is acting like he is the asset for Russian Federation", she added.