But Monday's session was condemned in advance by members of Congress from both parties after the US indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump's presidential campaign.
But last Friday, Coats spoke up. "The warning signs are there".
Just days before the Helsinki summit, the Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking into Democrat email accounts and releasing stolen information during the election.
The president said that although he believes U.S.
"It went well", he said.
"I don't see any reason why it would be [Russia]", Trump added, though "I have confidence in both parties".
The two presidents have shared personal bonhomie in the past, but beyond the alleged hacking of the U.S. election, their countries are deeply divided on a host of other issues including Syria and Ukraine.
Putin also suggested Monday that Moscow and Washington could jointly conduct criminal investigations into a dozen Russian intelligence officials accused of hacking during the 2016 USA election campaign - an idea Trump hailed as an "incredible offer". His performance was denounced as "treasonous" by a former Central Intelligence Agency chief and condemned as "shameful" by a Republican seNator, although other Republicans were more cautious.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Trump had made the United States look like "a pushover" and said the president's remarks "saddened" him. "I think we've all been foolish", he said. "Though relations were worse during the Cold War, at least then the US Presidency wasn't a propaganda arm for the Kremlin".
The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was also sharply critical.
The Drudge Report, a top conservative news site often friendly in its coverage of Trump, featured the headline "Putin Dominates In Hel". "Nor does he want to be our friend", Burr added.
"We've worked with Israel for many decades and never has any country been closer than we are", said Trump.
Top Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, says never in the history of the country has a US president supported an adversary the way Trump supported Putin. The Russian leader did not say what actions, if any, he took to support Trump.