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WATCH: Dan Coats Learns Donald Trump Has Invited Vladimir Putin to Visit the White House

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Thursday was day three of damage control after President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, so when Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats found out Trump had extended a White House invitation to Putin, all he could do was laugh.

Coats was on stage at the annual Aspen National Security Forum when MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell interrupted their interview with some breaking news.

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

“Say that again?” Coats replied as he squirmed uncomfortably in his chair. Laughter erupted in the audience as the two appeared too stunned to process what they had just learned.

Mitchell: “Vladimir Putin, coming to the…”

Coats: “Did I hear you, did I hear you?”

Mitchell: “Yeah, Yeah…”

“Okay,” Coats said, smiling awkwardly. “That’s gonna be special.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that Trump had asked National Security Advisor John Bolton “to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall” and that “those discussions are already underway.”

Social media went off like a nuclear bomb, much like the nukes Russia announced they had begun testing following the Trump-Putin… meeting? summit? secret club initiation? in Helsinki on Monday.

Rumors began to fly that Putin’s visit may coincide with Trump’s desired military parade, and honestly, would anyone be surprised?

The White House responded on Thursday night as well, saying staffers were in an “uproar” because Coats was “laughing at the president.”

The news of Trump’s invitation to Putin broke almost immediately after Coats told Mitchell he had no idea what Trump and Putin discussed in Helsinki.

“I don’t know what happened in that meeting,” Coats told Mitchell.

“If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way,” Coats added. “But that’s not my role; that’s not my job. So, it is what it is.”

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