Russia’s Putin says he invited Trump to Moscow


The White House said that President Trump was open to travelling to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin, after the Russian leader said that he had extended an invitation.

Both leaders have called the Helsinki meeting successful, and Mr Putin rounded on US summit critics earlier this month for wanting to sacrifice the US-Russia relationship over "narrow party interests".

"We are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow", Mr Putin said during a press conference in Johannesburg today.

President Donald Trump had to travel by motorcade to Joint Base Andrews Thursday after the White House announced a "bad weather call" on a lovely sunny day in Washington, D.C.

"It is important that appropriate conditions are in place for our meeting and such conditions must be arranged in our countries as well", Putin said.

And Fox News President Jay Wallace said, "We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press". A Russian official asked earlier this week about whether Putin would travel to Washington DC suggested that the two leaders may meet on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina in November instead. The president has been widely criticized for failing to publicly denounce Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election and appearing to accept Putin's denials of such activity. 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".

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"The security screening process that is done for all gifts was done for the soccer ball", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "Be my guest. He has such an invitation, I told him that". It led to him reading out a clarification in which he said he had misspoken, mixing up the word "would" with "wouldn't".

Trump has been widely criticized for failing to strongly denounce Russia's election interference and appearing to accept Putin's denials during their joint press conference in Helsinki.

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.

During the morning press pool, Collins asked Trump if he felt "betrayed" by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, after it was revealed that Cohen recorded several meetings with the president, including one meeting in which he discussed a possible payment to a former Playboy model.

The Kremlin did not immediately accepted Mr Trump's first offer.