Pressed on why Trump has repeatedly passed on opportunities to publicly condemn Putin's actions, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Trump was working to make the most of an "opportunity" for the two leaders to work together on shared interests.
On Monday, Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of Russian interference in the United States 2016 presidential election at their joint press conference in Helsinki, sparking uproar in Washington.
Coats was being interviewed by NBC's Andrea Mitchell when she asked him if he knew that President Donald Trump had invited Putin to the White House.
He laughed and said: "That's going to be special".
Republican and Democratic US lawmakers grappled with Trump's conflicting statements about the summit as well as what they did not know: exactly what the two leaders discussed in their private meeting and what agreements, if any, were reached. The president later told CBS that he holds Putin responsible for the election interference.
"He clearly wasn't consulted before this decision was made and it shows the distance that still exists between the White House, the President and his intelligence services", U.S. correspondent Charles Croucher told TODAY this morning.
"If I were asked that question, I would look for a different way of doing it", he said.
Trump and Putin held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters.
As for Putin's offer on investigations, Sanders it was "made in sincerity" and the USA hopes he will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".
Michael Dwyer APSen. Ed Markey speaks during the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention
Mr Trump then said on Tuesday that he misspoke during the news conference and accepted the intelligence agencies' conclusions. Minutes before the vote was scheduled to begin, Sanders issued a statement rejecting the Russian proposal.
But this time there was no joint statement to formalize the outcome of the talks - just a meandering, 45-minute press conference where Trump stoked controversy by appearing to side with Putin over US intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.
The White House, with Trump under fierce criticism in the United States, did on Thursday reject Putin's proposal that Russian authorities be present for the questioning of Americans it accuses of "illegal activities", including a former US ambassador to Moscow.
According to WaPo, within the White House, Trump's advisors were pissed by Coats and his Aspen performance. He said he had mis-spoken when he appeared to side with Putin, who denies any state-sanctioned interference, over his own agencies.
In a tweet about Mr Putin earlier on Thursday, Mr Trump said, 'I look forward to our second meeting'.
Instead, the Senate chose to declare United States government officials above the law and derail an agreement that could have helped clear up at least some of the vitriol between Moscow and Washington.
'The administration is not going to send, force Americans to travel to Russian Federation to be interrogated by Vladimir Putin and his team, ' Mr Pompeo said. Trump initially had described the idea as an "incredible offer".
President Trump arrives to speak during a "Pledge to America's Workers" event in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.
Sanders said Putin's proposal was "made in sincerity", but Trump "disagrees with it".
The measure that forced the White House's hand is nonbinding.