Trump open to visiting Moscow after Putin invite: White House

28 July, 2018, 05:17 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Kaitlan Collins was denied access to Trump's Rose Garden event with the European Commission president on Wednesday because of her refusal to leave the Oval Office during a previous availability with the president.

It was the first such session Trump has convened amid warnings from intelligence officials that Russian Federation is again intent on interfering in the US democratic process.

Then National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday that plans for a fall visit would be delayed until 2019.

Putin told reporters on Friday: "We need for the appropriate conditions to exist, to be created, including in our countries" for more U.S. -Russia summits. He also continues to be dogged by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Trump campaign collusion with Moscow during the race, although after two years no evidence of election misdeeds have been revealed. The U.S. president "looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a formal invitation", she said. Aide Yuri Ushakov said that while a meeting should take place, "it would be wise to let the dust settle" first.

"Russia isn't abandoning the dollar", Putin said in answer to a question about the sharp decline in its holdings of US Treasuries in April and May.

Mr Trump has been widely criticised for failing to strongly denounce Russia's election interference and appearing to accept Mr Putin's denials during their joint press conference in Helsinki. Trump has since walked back his remarks.


Trump was meeting Friday with his national security team to discuss threats to the 2018 congressional midterm elections, the first such session he has convened amid warnings from intelligence officials that Russian Federation is again intent on interfering in the US democratic process. "As much as it kills me to say this, even though I disagree with the way CNN has handled the president and treats the president, they have this right and no government official should be able to ban somebody from an open press event...."

Putin "will not be welcome" at the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.

"To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the president and guests at the White House", the communications officials concluded.

Mr Putin did not detail what "conditions" would have to be met. It led to him reading out a clarification in which he said he had misspoken, mixing up the word "would" with "wouldn't".

He did not clarify if that was a face-to-face invitation to be followed by a formal one.

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