Russia's Vladimir Putin: Donald Trump has an invitation to come to Moscow

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Putin said Friday that he was prepared to visit Trump in Washington and that he had also invited the president to Moscow. Moscow was lukewarm and did not immediately accept. She said it didn't matter to her because she hadn't planned to be there anyway. "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.

Putin added: "I am ready to go to Washington".

Earlier this week, Trump postponed a Washington meeting between the two leaders until next year, citing political fallout over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing and still fruitless "Russiagate" investigation. Aide Yuri Ushakov said that while a meeting should take place, "it would be wise to let the dust settle" first.

Although Trump's frustration with Cohen is clear, his administration's decision to strip Collins of her access to the afternoon press pool was not popular with members of the press. Trump has denied the allegations.

Just two days earlier, lawmakers from both political parties unsuccessfully demanded details of the Helsinki meeting from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who stonewalled almost all those inquiries at a contentious hearing by maintaining that the president has a right to private conversations.

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A summit last week between the pair in Helsinki caused Trump serious domestic problems, with the U.S. president accused of appeasing a man who allegedly tried to tilt the 2016 USA presidential election.

On Friday afternoon, Trump will convene a National Security Council meeting devoted to the issue of election security. "As much as it kills me to say this, even though I disagree with the way CNN has handled the president and treats the president, they have this right and no government official should be able to ban somebody from an open press event...."

House Speaker Paul Ryan said such invitations are reserved "for allies".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter for a question during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Washington.

Mr Putin did not detail what "conditions" would have to be met. His invitation for Trump to come to Moscow - whether the invitation has been formally tendered or is only in spirit - also appears to pressure Trump to show whether he is bold and disruptive enough to buck intense criticism at home.

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