On Thursday, Coats was asked if there will be a risk which Putin recorded the meeting, Coats said, “which risk will be always there.”
Coats also explained his decision to implicitly rebuke Trump in a statement following the president’s much-criticized press conference alongside Putin after their sitdown.
Trump had refused to say he believed U.S. intelligence agencies’ findings which Russia meddled inside the 2016 presidential election as well as showed a clear preference for Trump.
Coats, in contrast, sent an official statement shortly after the summit, reaffirming which U.S. intelligence agencies “have been clear” about Russian meddling inside the 2016 election “as well as their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.”
Coats stood by which statement in his interview Thursday.
“I just felt at This specific point in time, which what we had assessed as well as reassessed as well as reassessed as well as carefully gone over still stands,” Coats said.
“the idea was important to take which stand on behalf of the intelligence community as well as on behalf of the American people.”
He added: “Obviously, I wished he had made a different statement, although I think which currently which has been clarified based on his late reactions to This specific.”
“I don’t think I want to go any further than which,” he added.
Coats was referring to Trump’s insistence which he misspoke when he said “I don’t see any reason why the idea would certainly be” Russia who hacked the Democrats in 2016.
On Tuesday, Trump said he meant to say he didn’t see “any reason why the idea wouldn’t be Russia.”