Russia’s Putin says he invited Trump to Moscow

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"By the way, he has such an invitation, I told him of this".

"The idea that there is a delicate decorum", he added, before mimicking a Trump aide as saying, "that's not how we conduct ourselves in this White House". 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.

Reporter Kaitlan Collins said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and communications director Bill Shine told her she was banned from a late-afternoon announcement in the Rose Garden involving Trump and European Union president Jean-Claude Juncker a few hours after she sought to question Trump during a press-pool "spray" in the Oval Office. "I am prepared to go to Washington, but, I repeat, if the appropriate conditions for work are created".

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.

Mr Trump drew ire at the meeting when he contradicted U.S. intelligence agencies by backing away from blaming Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 election.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who was on CNN when the news was announced, said, "This kind of, really, violation of a reporter's rights is an offense against the First Amendment interests of all of us".

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Ryan has said he did not speak to the president in the days after the Helsinki summit.

On Wednesday, National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the president instead "believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over", referring to U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was collusion among the Trump campaign team. The last time Trump was in the Russian capital was in 2013, to attend a Miss Universe beauty pageant.

Trump denies there was any collusion.

"One of President Trump's big pluses is that he strives to fulfil the promises he made to voters, to the American people", Putin said. Trump is infuriated by any suggestion he might owe his election victory to Russian Federation.

"It had nothing to do with the content of the question", Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One as President Donald Trump headed back to Washington from Iowa and IL.

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