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 Coats10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall 11 Essential reads you missed this week Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE said Thursday that he doesn’t know what was said during the private meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative 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 SchiffHillicon Valley: YouTube disables 200+ accounts over Hong Kong misinformation | Lawmakers sound alarm over Chinese influence efforts | DHS cyber agency details priorities | State AGs get tough on robocalls | DOJ busts online scammers Nadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision YouTube disables over 200 accounts amid protests in Hong Kong 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."