Intel head: There's a 'risk' that Putin recorded meeting with Trump

Intel head: There's a 'risk' that Putin recorded meeting with Trump
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Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTrump has named more ex-lobbyists to Cabinet in 3 years than Obama, Bush did in full terms: report Hillicon Valley: FCC approves Nexstar-Tribune merger | Top Democrat seeks answers on security of biometric data | 2020 Democrats take on Chinese IP theft | How Google, Facebook probes are testing century-old antitrust laws Congress should defy Dan Coats' last request on phone surveillance MORE said Thursday that it's possible Russian President Vladimir Putin recorded his meeting Monday in Helsinki, Finland, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE, adding that he didn't know the specifics of what happened during the two leaders' private meeting.

Asked by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell whether Putin could have recorded the meeting without Trump's knowledge, Coats hesitated before responding: "That risk is always there."

"You're right, I don't know what happened in that meeting," Coats added during the interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "I think as time goes by — and the president has already mentioned some things that happened in that meeting — I think we will learn more. But that is the president's prerogative."

Coats told Mitchell that the meeting of Putin and Trump alone with their translators was not a setup that he personally would have recommended, but added that it wasn't his job to advise the president on such matters. 

"If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way, but that's not my role," Coats said. "So it is what it is."

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Trump shocked many in Washington on Monday when he seemingly sided with Putin and Russia's explanation over his own intelligence agencies on the issue of Russian election interference in the 2016 U.S. election, before later walking back the statement claiming he misspoke.

Russia's ambassador to the U.S. said Wednesday that the two leaders also came to "important verbal agreements" on issues such as Syria and arms control during their meeting, but the White House and the State Department have not confirmed the report.

Later in Mitchell's interview with Coats, she broke the news to him that Trump is working to invite Putin to visit Washington, D.C., in the next few months.

“We have some breaking news, the White House has announced on Twitter that Vladimir Putin is coming to the White House in the fall,” Mitchell said.

“Say that again?” Coats replied, before laughing.

“Did I hear you right?” he jokingly asked. “OK, that’s gonna be special.”