Putin Ready To Invite Trump To Russia, Visit DC 'If Appropriate'

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He was referring to CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins, who said she was denied access to the event with Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission.

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But the possibility of a Trump trip to Moscow emerged Friday after Putin said he was ready to invite Trump - or to visit Washington if conditions are right.

"Regarding our meetings, I understand very well what President Trump said".

Putin went on to say Russian Federation was ready to greet Trump in Moscow.

"We are ready for such meetings". "He has this invitation already and I told him about it", according to CNN. I am ready for that.

Putin told reporters on Friday: "We need for the appropriate conditions to exist, to be created, including in our countries" for more U.S. -Russia summits.

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Trump was heavily criticized by Democrats, Republicans, and the U.S. media for meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, earlier this month. Aide Yuri Ushakov said that while a meeting should take place, "it would be wise to let the dust settle" first.

Veselnitskaya had said she was offering information about rival Hillary Clinton from the Russian government aimed at helping Trump to victory.

Trump has since tried to walk back at least some of his comments.

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

On Friday afternoon, Trump will convene a National Security Council meeting devoted to the issue of election security.

Moscow has portrayed its tensions with Washington as a result of Trump being hobbled by domestic political disputes and a widespread "Russophobia" perpetrated by holdovers from the Obama years - echoing Trump's penchant to blame his predecessor for many problems.

He did not clarify if that was a face-to-face invitation to be followed by a formal one.

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