Top intel chief: I don't know what Trump, Putin discussed in meeting

Top intel chief: I don't know what Trump, Putin discussed in meeting
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Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Intelligence agencies have stopped collecting cellphone data without warrants: letter This week: Democrats churn toward next phase of impeachment fight MORE said Thursday that he doesn’t know what was said during the private meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

“You’re right, I don’t know what happened in that meeting,” Coats told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell at the Aspen Security Forum.

“I think that as time goes by — the president has already mentioned some things that happened in that meeting — I think we will learn more,” he said, “but that is the president’s prerogative.”


Coats added that he would have advised Trump against meeting one-on-one with Putin, but added “that’s not my role.”

Democrats are demanding to know what Trump and Putin discussed behind closed doors during their nearly two hourlong meeting on Monday.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday voted down a motion from ranking member Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy READ: Top NSC aide Tim Morrison's closed-door impeachment inquiry testimony Top NSC aide puts Sondland at front lines of Ukraine campaign, speaking for Trump MORE (D-Calif.) to subpoena the interpreter at the meeting.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that talks are currently taking place for a second meeting this fall between Trump and Putin in D.C.

Mitchell broke the news of the announcement to Coats as they were sitting on stage. The intel chief was apparently caught off guard, responding with a laugh and saying, "That's gonna be special."