The arrest was announced Monday hours after Trump finished a summit and a press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, where the U.S. leader rejected the USA intelligence community's verdict that the Russians interfered to support him over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race.
Trump reportedly asked Putin not to announce the proposal at the summit's press conference in order to have time to consider it, according to one of the sources.
"Lavrov emphasized that the steps of the US administration, which arrested Russian citizen Butina in the United States based on fabricated charges, are unacceptable and that she should be released as soon as possible", the statement said. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. "And to come out against him, as I believe she has recommended, would be totally inappropriate and totally wrong and I couldn't disagree more".
"People wanted change. He's changing", Kaufman said of Trump. "We are ready for discussions on that point".
US officials have been mum on what, if anything, the two leaders agreed to in Helsinki during a two-hour, one-on-one meeting.
CHANG: But you think that Coats can remain effective in this position even if the president chooses not to tell him some important pieces of information once in a while and even if the public perceives that, that Coats is sometimes left out of the loop by the White House. One thing we do know is that Trump does endorse a deal on Syria that Putin struck the week before with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday of the proposed Russian questioning, "That's not going to happen".
Mr. Trump appeared to answer "no" to a reporter's question asking whether Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S. Hours later, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emerged to say Trump had merely tried to put a stop to the questioning by saying "no", although he continued discussing Russian Federation after that. A special counsel is also investigating whether Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian officials, which Trump denies.
Trump also injected some uncertainty into his walk-back by tacking a qualifier on to his statement that he accepts the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian meddling in the 2016 election took place.
"President Trump asked Ambassador Bolton today to invite President Putin to Washington in the Fall to follow up on and review the two sides' progress on the issues they discussed in Helsinki", the NSC official told Brennan.
Coats issued a defiant statement, and in a Thursday interview on several occasions made light of the chaos that has become ordinary in the Trump administration.
"Say that again. Did I hear you?" he asked, appearing amused. Under the new deal, Russian Federation agrees to keep Iranian troops and proxy groups 50 miles from Israel's border (if they can), and Putin promises not to object if Israel strikes Iranian assets in southern Syria, especially if Iran deploys weapons that threaten Israel, such as strategic missiles or anti-aircraft systems.
Trump views Putin as a powerful leader, political benefactor, fellow nationalist, a co-defender of Christianity, and a comrade in arms.
On Thursday, Trump said he was "not happy" that the Federal Reserve was raising interest rates, breaking with long-standing tradition at the White House of avoiding any influence on the United States central bank. "What should we do?"