In a tweet on July 19, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders wrote that Trump "asked [national security adviser John Bolton] to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already under way".
The cover was released just days after the two leaders' joint press conference in Helsinki, during which Mr. Trump appeared to cast doubt on the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election.
In return, Mr Putin wanted permission for Russian Federation to interview Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes.
"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", United States correspondent Charles Croucher told TODAY this morning.
A White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity did not specify if that included Russia's interference in United States elections.
Controversy has raged over the Helsinki summit, with Mr Trump having to correct his own words from the press conference which followed it.
The White House had said Wednesday it was under consideration, even though the State Department called Russia's allegations against the Americans "absurd".
"That's going to be special", he added, prompting laughter from the audience.
Putin proposed his cooperation to let USA investigators question the intelligence agents in exchange for an opportunity to question individuals on Russia's list of alleged criminals. The votes were not recognised by Ukraine, the U.S. or the European Union, while Russian Federation said it "respected" the results.
Following their meeting in Finland, Trump tweeted of looking forward to a second meeting with Russia's president: "The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media".
During the panel, Coats said he was still not sure what was discussed at Trump and Putin's one-on-one meeting in Helsinki.
In the CBS interview, Trump asserted he was leading a hard-line policy on Russian Federation. And we're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation.
Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election was multi-faceted, but a key pillar involved using social media to spread fake news and disinformation to sow political discord and promote Trump's candidacy.
Trump, facing criticism from both Democrats and Republicans over his comments, attempted to walk back the statement on Tuesday by saying he backs the US intelligence assessment that Russian Federation did interfere in the 2016 election.
"We will see how things develop further", Mr Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".
Those conventions have been upended by Trump's buccaneering approach to affairs of state - the kind of approach he thinks worked in his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month.
TIME's latest cover might have some doing a double-take.
Earlier in the press conference, asked if he held Russian Federation responsible in any way for bad relations between the two nations, Trump said both shared some blame. If the resolution were passed, the Senate would also resolve to "move aggressively to protect our election systems from interference by Russian Federation or any foreign power" and demand sanctions be "fully implemented by the president".
"Getting along is a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump said.