That happened following Trump and Putin's Finland meeting this week, when Coats had to reiterate the US intelligence position on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Vice-President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser John Bolton and chief of staff John Kelly stood united in the West Wing on Tuesday in their contention that the commander in chief had some cleanup to do.
Antonov said Putin made concrete proposals to Trump about resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Interfax said on Friday, though he did not spell out what these were.
The biggest example was this week's Helsinki meeting, in which Trump suggested he trusted Putin over his own intelligence agencies (he later claimed to have misspoken). The highly choreographed affairs had been sought out by the US leader as a way to boost his credibility overseas and his favourability at home, and he believed the latest one had accomplished the task.
But that was not how it was being portrayed back home.
Meanwhile, the White House on Thursday said it was no longer considering an unprecedented proposal that would have seen Russian interrogators question former USA ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and other US citizens-in exchange for allowing special counsel Robert Mueller's team to interview 12 Russians indicted last week for allegedly hacking the emails of Democrats during the 2016 election.
By the time he arrived home, the parade of critical statements had become a stampede, leaving Trump the most isolated he'd been in the White House since last year's controversy over white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville. Coats says his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not meant to be critical of the president's handling of the summit.
He did, however, tell CBS News this week that he holds Vladimir Putin responsible for election meddling.
Clinton added, "there are some tech experts in Silicon Valley with whom I have met who say that maybe what they'll do this next time is to really disrupt the actual election - shut down the servers that you send results to, interfere with the operation of voting machines because still too many of them are linked to the internet".
The next day brought a fresh challenge.
Coats reacted reportedly caused outrage among Trump's advisors.
The announcement came as the White House sought to clean up days of confounding post-summit Trump statements on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, called his comments "bizarre and flat-out wrong"; Arizona's Jeff Flake deemed them "shameful"; and Lindsey Graham of SC said they will be perceived as "a sign of weakness". He was angry at the two American reporters, including one from The Associated Press, who asked questions at the Helsinki news conference.
Senate Republicans joined Democrats in swiftly passing a resolution, 98-0, that put the Senate on record against the questioning of American officials by a foreign government.
Coats was busy giving a live interview at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, when the news caught up with him thanks to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, who moderated the event.
"Say that again", National Intelligence Director Dan Coats responded, when informed of the invitation during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
It all left White House staffers in a fresh state of resignation about their jobs.