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Trump 'open' to Moscow visit after Putin extends invite

Trump 'open' to Moscow visit after Putin extends invite

President Trump came across as deferential, even submissive at times, which was I think very shocking to numerous people in the audience.

Both sides appear hesitant to arrange a summit similar to last week's in Helsinki.

Trump's tentative yes to a Moscow trip comes even as lawmakers are still pushing for details about what he and Putin discussed in Helsinki.

Relations between Russian Federation and the United States have been fraught because of rows over Russia's annexation of Crimea, and allegations - denied by Moscow - that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win. Trump has repeatedly denounced the investigation as a "witch hunt" meant to delegitimize his presidency.

In his remarks Friday in South Africa at a summit for leaders of developing nations, Putin said the high-level dialogue between Moscow and Washington was continuing in spite of the harsh reaction to Mr. Trump's Helsinki performance in the U.S.

"But there would need to be the appropriate conditions", Putin said. I am ready for that.

"Regarding our meetings, I understand very well what President Trump said. I told him about this", Putin said at a news conference at an global summit in Johannesburg on Friday, referring to the possibility of a Trump visit to Moscow. I am ready to go to Washington.

After CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins, according to the Trump administration's version of events, "shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so" at an Oval Office press meeting, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine told Collins she would not be welcome at a later press conference in the Rose Garden.

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But it's just talk at this point.

Collins asked. "Mr. President, are you anxious about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?.Why has Vladimir Putin not accepted your invitation, Mr. President?"

"To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House", she said. It led to him reading out a clarification in which he said he had misspoken, mixing up the word "would" with "wouldn't".

Both Trump and Putin have said they are determined to improve relations. That visit surfaced in the FBI investigation of Russian election activities in the form of a dossier containing allegations that Trump had spent time with Russian prostitutes there.

But shouldn't some presidential meetings remain private?

Trump has since tried to walk back at least some of his comments.

On Friday afternoon, Trump will convene a National Security Council meeting devoted to the issue of election security.


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