White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter

White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter

White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter

"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.

The White House said Trump was enthusiastic about another summit.

Mr Putin said on Friday: "I understand very well what President Trump said: He has the wish to conduct further meetings".

Both Trump and Putin have said they are determined to improve relations.

Mr Putin said on Friday he is ready to travel to the United States under the right conditions and has invited Mr Trump to Moscow for a second meeting. "We need for the appropriate conditions to exist, to be created, including in our countries", Putin said at a press conference.

Trump was criticized at home for failing to confront Putin publicly over Moscow's interference in the 2016 US election, and for seeming to contradict his own intelligence agencies on the threat from Russian Federation.

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". No policy changes came out of the summit, Mattis said on Friday, adding he had also not been given new direction on Syria.

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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.

On Wednesday, the White House announced that a planned follow-up meeting between Trump and Putin in Washington, originally expected to take place this fall, will instead be pushed to next year. Trump has vented to aides, an unnamed former White House official told the Post. The last time Trump was in the Russian capital was in 2013, to attend a Miss Universe beauty pageant.

Both Mr Putin and Mr Trump deny the allegations.

Putin also praised Trump for keeping his promises to USA voters.

On Friday afternoon, Trump will convene a National Security Council meeting devoted to the issue of election security. He also continues to be dogged by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Trump campaign collusion with Moscow during the race, although after two years no evidence of election misdeeds have been revealed.

In a statement Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that a reporter had shouted questions and refused to leave at the conclusion of an Oval Office press event "despite repeatedly being asked to do so".

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