Putin invites Pres. Trump to Moscow

House chief of staff speaks during a White House briefing in Washington Oct. 19 2017

Media outlets objected this week when the White House barred a CNN reporter from attending a press event with President Donald Trump because she had earlier called out questions Trump didn't like at an Oval Office meeting.

Trump has defended his conduct in a two-hour private meeting with Putin and at a joint news conference.

It's part of "a power game between Putin and Trump", said Dr. Alina Polyakova of the Brookings Institution. "I am ready for this".

"I am ready to go to Washington".

"We are ready for such meetings".

"President Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a formal invitation", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "I told him about this", Putin said at a news conference at an global summit in Johannesburg on Friday, referring to the possibility of a Trump visit to Moscow.

However, he said the conditions need to be right for meeting to happen.

He was referring to the federal investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign assisted or was aware of the efforts.

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In a reference to the backlash inside the United States after Mr. Trump's performance at the Helsinki summit, Mr. Putin said: "Despite the difficulties, in this particular case difficulties linked to the internal political situation in the United States, life goes on and our contacts continue".

Russian President Putin said he's game for a trip to Washington - but his answer came only after Trump retracted his invitation for a fall sit-down.

The announcement comes after Putin extended an invitation to the President to visit Russian Federation for another summit.

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

The awkward back and forth is the latest round of summit drama flowing from the two leaders' controversial first meeting in Helsinki this month. "We stand for access for WH reporters-no matter what you think about their coverage", he wrote later on Twitter, adding a reminder that CNN stood up for Fox News when former President Obama refused them access during his term in office. Russian Federation and the United States have a stake in that, the whole word has a stake in that, in not starting an arms race.

"One of President Trump's big pluses is that he strives to fulfil the promises he made to voters, to the American people", Putin said. "If we don't start talks in 2021, the treaty will cease to exist".

"It's a subject for debate and negotiations".

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