Trump 'open' to Moscow visit after Putin extends invite

28 July, 2018, 05:20 | Author: Rachel Logan

But speaking to reporters in South Africa, where he was attending a summit of BRICS nations, Putin said another meeting with Trump was still on the agenda. We are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow. A day earlier, CNN had obtained and aired a secret audio recording that captured Trump and Cohen discussing a potential payment to a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump.

Putin said Friday that he was prepared to visit Trump in Washington and that he had also invited the president to Moscow.

The Republican leaders appear to be increasingly relying on public signals, rather than private phone calls or Oval Office chats, to catch the White House's attention and communicate with Trump - especially when they are at odds with the president's approach or policies. After receiving no answer, she asked, "Are you anxious about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?" She and her employer, CNN, said she was barred because White House officials found her questions "inappropriate", which Gidley disputed.

It added: "They were not".

CNN on Wednesday described the White House's ban on Collins as a "retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press".

The White House Correspondents' Association, which represents reporters seeking access to the White House, also issued a statement protesting the action.

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"Fox & Friends" on Thursday failed to question White House counselor Kellyanne Conway about her colleagues' controversial decision to ban a CNN reporter from a press event a day earlier. "This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak".

"I would like to say, CNN, I stand firmly by your right ... even though you don't stand by mine". This White House is unbelievable. "It doesn't happen and shouldn't happen in the United States".

Separately, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said he was considering the possibility of the first talks in years between the defense chiefs of the United States and Russian Federation.

Journalists and free press advocates responded to the obvious disconnect in the White House's statement.

Pool sprays are typically short opportunities for news photographers to take photos and video of the president and a visiting dignitary. The president sometimes takes questions during the sessions.

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