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 CoatsBiden soars as leader of the free world Lobbying world President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him MORE said Thursday that he doesn’t know what was said during the private meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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 SchiffBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn 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."