This was the week when "would" turned into "wouldn't" and "no" meant "yes", as President Donald Trump and his top aides tried to walk back several of his comments on Russian Federation and the Federal Reserve.
While speaking at an event at the Hudson Institute last Friday, Coats said the "warning signs" of threats to U.S. cybersecurity infrastructure he sees today are reminiscent of the warnings before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. When asked about the disparity, Nielsen said that the system remains broken, even if children are no longer separated - and that Congress still does need to act in order to address broader reform.
Her remarks came after Trump called Monday's summit a "great success."
Nielsen, however, said "it would be foolish" to think Russian Federation is not still interfering with the US electoral system.
Pressed by reporters on how she viewed her relationship with Trump in light of his repeated criticism of Germany's asylum policies, defense spending and trade surpluses, a diplomatic Merkel stressed the importance of transatlantic cooperation.
He said he hadn't seen Mr. Trump's invitation himself, but that "Russia was always open to such proposals".
Coats has made clear that American intelligence agencies stand by their assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election, even as Trump has sent conflicting signals, most significantly when he appeared to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials over the assessments of USA spy agencies.
Almost a year has passed since white nationalists convened a violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one counter-protester was killed.
The controversy escalated on Wednesday, when Sanders told reporters Trump was entertaining a proposal from Putin that would allow special counsel Robert Mueller's team to interrogate the 12 Russian military intelligence officials it indicted last week if, in exchange, the United States allowed the Russian government to interrogate certain Americans, including the former United States ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.
The Russian ambassador to Washington also denounced "anti-Russian anger" in the United States and reiterated denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election - interrupting a questioner to say "We didn't interfere!"
Word that another Trump-Putin meeting is being planned came as the White House sought to clean up days of confounding post-summit statements by Trump on Russian election interference.
"I think that's an incredible offer", Trump responded in Helsinki. The Kremlin had said in April that the president had invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone in March.
President Barack Obama welcomed then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the White House in 2010, and took him on a burger run at a joint just outside the capital.
Nielsen seemingly agreed with the president's previous statements, saying that, "I have to work with everyone to help communities understand, what are the warning signs?"
Trump has only alluded to the refugees when speaking about the meeting.