White House banned rude CNN reporter from Rose Garden event

Russian President Putin attends a session of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg

Trump open to visiting Moscow after Putin invite: White House

President Trump is open to visiting Russian Federation if President Vladimir Putin extends a formal invitation, the White House said on Friday.

"We are ready for such meetings, we are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow".

However, the internal resistance toward Trump's urge to punish reporters apparently ended this week when CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins was barred from an open press event at the White House - because of questions she asked Trump about his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, earlier the same day.

Interfax quoted Mr Putin as saying he is ready to visit Washington "if the appropriate conditions are created there".

CNN cited anonymous sources, saying Cohen was willing to share that information with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's probe into meddling in the 2016 election a "witch hunt", a claim that he repeated in a tweet the same day he met with Putin in Helsinki.

Trump's irritation has flared the most when he has been peppered with questions from reporters on formal occasions, such as Rose Garden announcements, or during what are known as press pool sprays, when a handful of journalists representing the White House press corps covers meetings or events in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room or Roosevelt Room.

According to Ms. Collins, she told the White House spokespeople that "You're banning me from an event because you didn't like the questions I asked?" He is alleged to have failed to confront the Russian leader publicly over the country's interference in 2016 United States election.

Trump says US and Russian Federation are both to blame for poor relations. "She said it didn't matter to her because she hadn't planned to be there anyway", Mrs. Sanders said.

In a country where state media portrays Putin as a seemingly infallible leader, even some of his supporters were fretting that he may have made an error by appearing to demonstrably take Trump's side.

Fox News President Jay Wallace released a statement saying, "We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press".

Scaramucci also told Tapper that the decision to ban Collins from the press event came from President Trump, himself.

However, Trump does not always respond to their questions, and frequently uses the bullhorn of his personal Twitter account to rail against the press, who he has on multiple occasions called "the enemy of the American people". 'They discussed some new ideas, and they will keep working on them, ' the official said.

Trump on Friday met with his national security team to discuss threats to November's midterm elections, the first such session he has convened amid warnings from intelligence officials that Russian Federation is again intent on interfering in the U.S. democratic process.

Meanwhile, Russia and the United States are two major superpowers, and "we have a lot of nuclear weapons aimed at us, [so] we need to talk", the senator added.

Shine, who was ousted as co-president of Fox News past year over his handling of sexual harassment allegations, joined the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications earlier this month.

Only 32 percent, or about a third, of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the Helsinki summit, according to CBS' poll.

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