Putin invites Trump to Moscow for second meeting after Washington postponed plans

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31 July, 2018

Asked in Helsinki whether he would extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the United States for hacking Democratic Party computers, Putin said he could meet the U.S. government "halfway".

Speaking to reporters at a summit of BRICS countries in South Africa, Putin said telephone calls between Moscow and Washington were insufficient and that both sides needed to meet to talk about issues like the Iran nuclear deal and global conflicts. "I am ready for this", Putin said, according to the state news agency RIA-Novosti.

Scaramucci also told Tapper that the decision to ban Collins from the press event came from President Trump, himself.

Trump's response to the criticism - an abruptly announced invitation for a second meeting in Washington in the fall - got an ice-cold reception from Republicans in Congress facing tough elections in November.

Trump discussed the threats from "malign foreign actors", the statement said, but the readout did not cite Russian Federation specifically.

On Wednesday, Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said that a Washington-based meeting between Trump and Putin would be put off until 2019 because of special counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt".

Instead, anger about what some USA lawmakers saw as a too-deferential performance by Trump in Helsinki and his failure to publicly confront Putin over Moscow's alleged meddling in U.S. politics may have made things worse. "Putin would have the upper hand as the host", she said.

"We are ready for such meetings, we are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow", Putin said during a visit to Johannesburg. The last time Trump was in the Russian capital was in 2013, to attend a Miss Universe beauty pageant.

At the same time, Trump's policies with Russia are "a lot tougher than previously", and they are "probably not making the Russians very happy", said Portman.

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Scaramucci served as President Trump's communications director for just 11 days.

John Feeley, a career USA ambassador who over differences with the Trump administration, recalled being instructed by US officials to meet with Colombian FARC guerrillas to open a back channel in preparation for peace talks.

A White House statement says Friday's discussions addressed threats posed to our elections from "malign foreign actors", efforts to provide cybersecurity assistance to state and local officials and ways to hold those who attempt to illegally interfere in the elections accountable.

Trump ended the press conference by blasting recent testimony, the FBI's former head of counterespionage, who summarized the Russian interference in the election as a "grave attack on our democracy". "It can not stand", it said.

"In keeping with the spirit of the First Amendment, reporters who cover the White House should be free to do their jobs without the specter of reprisal from the government", he said in a statement.

But throughout his 18 months in office, he has privately discussed with aides retaliating against individual journalists, officials said.

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.

Even so, a majority of Americans now suspect the answer to the puzzle of Trump's relationship with Russian Federation is simple: blackmail.

It is not immediately clear if Mr Putin was referring to a formal invitation or a verbal one in spirit.


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