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

US President Donald Trump is "open" to travelling to Moscow after a surprise invite from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House has 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". "Be my guest. He has such an invitation, I told him that".

The Russian leader said telephone calls between Moscow and Washington were insufficient and that both sides needed to meet to talk about matters like the Iran nuclear deal and global conflicts.

The invitation comes almost two weeks after the two leaders sat down in Helsinki for a meeting in which Trump sided with Russian Federation over the U.S. intelligence community, suggesting the hostile foreign power didn't meddle in the 2016 election despite enormous evidence to the contrary.

Collins says she was later reprimanded by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and communications chief Bill Shine and told she could not attend the Rose Garden event, which was open to all other members of the credentialed media.

Trump had initially invited Putin to Washington this fall for a follow-up meeting to their controversial Helsinki summit.

Trump has defended his conduct in a two-hour private meeting with Putin and at a joint news conference. He also continues to be dogged by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Trump campaign collusion with Moscow during the race, although after two years no evidence of election misdeeds have been revealed.

"I understand perfectly that President Trump has a desire to hold further meetings, and I am ready to come to Washington if appropriate conditions for work are created".

Collins, who referred questions to CNN representatives, detailed the episode on CNN, prompting anchor Wolf Blitzer to say the White House should issue a formal apology.

Both Mr Putin and Mr Trump deny the allegations.

Mr Trump has been widely criticised for failing to strongly denounce Russia's election interference and appearing to accept Mr Putin's denials during their joint press conference in Helsinki. It led to him reading out a clarification in which he said he had misspoken, mixing up the word "would" with "wouldn't".

Mr Putin did not detail what "conditions" would have to be met.

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