US intel chief Coats declines to reveal whether Trump asked him to deny collusion between Russia and his campaign

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats arrives to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats arrives to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats declined to say whether President Donald Trump asked him to help deny any collusion between his campaign team and Russia, as reported by the Washington Post, saying his talks with Trump were private.

"On this topic, as well as other topics, I don't feel it's appropriate to characterise discussions and conversations with the president," Coats said about the alleged request.

He was speaking at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.