Putin "ready" to visit D.C., invites Trump to Russian Federation

U.S. President Donald Trump Meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

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Putin said Friday he is ready to invite Trump if conditions are right, and he is also ready to visit Washington.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter for a question during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Washington. Mattis said there had been no decision.

At the Helsinki summit, Mr Trump failed to confront Mr Putin over Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States election.

Kaitlan Collins: "Mr. President, are you anxious about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?"

"Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn't mean the question isn't relevant and shouldn't be asked", the network said.




Trump is hardly in a strong position because "the Helsinki summit was such a fiasco", said James Goldgeier of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Moscow's military support starting in 2015 of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian war, Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in the election have soured relations.

He also said it was in the interests of Russian Federation and the United States to extend arms control treaties. "We need for the appropriate conditions to exist, to be created, including in our countries", Putin told the news conference on Friday.

The Interfax news agency said he expressed readiness to invite Trump. "Be my guest. He has such an invitation, I told him that", Mr Putin said while speaking at the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) economic summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Both leaders have called the Helsinki meeting successful, and Mr Putin rounded on US summit critics earlier this month for wanting to sacrifice the US-Russia relationship over "narrow party interests". The last time Trump was in the Russian capital was in 2013, to attend a Miss Universe beauty pageant.

CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins was denied access to Trump's Rose Garden event on Wednesday. If the Trump folks were unclear on this, they should have consulted every other president before them. He cited special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling as the reason, using Trump's favorite term for the probe: "witch hunt".

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