Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Russia's Putin tells Trump: 'Be my guest in Moscow'

Russia's Putin tells Trump: 'Be my guest in Moscow'

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".

Relations between Russian Federation and the United States have been fraught because of rows over Russia's annexation of Crimea, and allegations - denied by Moscow - that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win.

"We are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow", he added, according to the state news agency RIA-Novosti. Either way, Putin said, the timing for such a visit had to be right - an apparent reference to White House claims that the next Putin-Trump summit needs to wait until after the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Would you ask her if we ever used the word "ban"?"

Efforts by both Trump and Putin to achieve detente have been fiercely resisted by USA lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, accusing him of being too friendly toward Putin, whom they consider an adversary of the United States.

One White House official said Trump has asked people, "These people shouting questions are the worst". Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn't mean the question isn't relevant and shouldn't be asked. He has also asked that retaliatory action be taken against them.

Today, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins was denied access to cover an open-press event at The White House. "It can not stand. Reporters asking questions of powerful government officials, up to and including the President, helps hold those people accountable". The White House called Collins' questions "rude". Trump has vented to aides, an unnamed former White House official told the Post. "It doesn't happen and shouldn't happen in the United States".

CNN condemned the White House's decision in a statement on Wednesday, saying it was "not indicative of a free and open press".

Collins had served as a representative of the television networks during an earlier pool spray in the Oval Office. The president sometimes takes questions during the sessions.

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