Be my guest, Putin tells Trump

Posted July 28, 2018

Today Trump was fighting allegations that he knew about a meeting between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and the then-presidential candidate's son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner and his top campaign official Paul Manafort at Trump Tower.

Mr Putin said on Friday he is ready to travel to the U.S. under the right conditions and has invited Mr Trump to Moscow for a second meeting. Trump has said he wants to improve ties between the two nuclear powers, whose relations have dipped to a post-Cold War low in recent years. Mattis said there had been no decision. In one remark, he suggested that he trusted Putin more than his own top intelligence offer regarding evidence of Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 elections. Collins asked Trump as reporters shouted questions and White House press aides tried to usher them out of the room. He later said he had misspoken at the summit.

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 USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in the election have soured relations. Russian Federation and the United States have a stake in that, the whole word has a stake in that, in not starting an arms race.

Trump and Putin may meet on the sidelines of an global conference at some point, the Russian government had said, but the upshot of Friday's back-and-forth was that both leaders want another bilateral summit as well at some point. "To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House". By the way, he has such an invitation, I told him about that.

Vladimir Putin and billionaire Mr Trump met in the Finnish capital Helsinki for a historic diplomatic summit earlier this month.

Trump denies there was any collusion.

A Putin visit to Washington between now and January "could have a lot of poor optics", he said, and "it's really hard to see the upside" of a Trump trip to Moscow.

Wednesday's surprise joint appearance by Trump and Juncker in the Rose Garden came after the White House banned CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins from the event.

Trump will convene his national security advisers on Friday for a meeting on election security because his advisers have warned him Russian Federation continues efforts to interfere, less than four months before Americans vote to determine whether or not Republicans maintain control of Congress. 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". On the recording, which was first aired on CNN Tuesday night, Trump and Cohen appear to be discussing a hush-money payoff to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said she had a year-along affair with Trump more than a decade ago.

After the two leaders made statements at the Oval Office event, Collins explained, "I and several other reporters started asking President Trump questions".