Trump open to visiting Moscow, White House says


The White House on Friday said Donald Trump was open to the idea of visiting Moscow after Vladimir Putin revealed he had invited the U.S. president and was also ready to travel to Washington for a delayed summit next year.

"She also asked Trump if he is anxious about what might be on any other tapes recorded by Cohen, and why Russian President Vladimir Putin had not yet accepted Trump's invitation to come to Washington".

Any attempts to follow up on the summit have been complicated by the harsh criticism Trump came under for his performance during a joint press conference, at which the president refused to publicly hold Russian Federation accountable for malign activities around the world, including the USA election attacks in 2016.

The president has been widely criticised for failing to publicly denounce Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election and appearing to accept Mr Putin's denials of such activity. "I am ready for that", Putin told reporters at an worldwide summit of the BRICS group of nations. Since assuming charge as the President of the United States of America, Trump has been warning the media to not spread "fake news" and be "biased" in its coverage of USA politics. "Let there be no more sources", he proclaimed, suggesting when reporters use sources, "they just make them up", Global News quoted him as saying.

Trump has been widely criticized for failing to strongly denounce Russia's election interference and appearing to accept Putin's denials during their joint press conference in Helsinki.

"To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House".

However, Trump, in his defence, had said that he was not "against the media or press", explaining that "in covering his comments the "dishonest media" didn't explain that he called fake news as the enemy of the people".

The Russian leader has said he is game for a trip to Washington - but his answer came only after Mr Trump retracted his invitation for a meeting in the autumn. "Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S. -Russia relationship back to normal". My response to this would be for a walkout of the press covering the president.

The White House said Trump was enthusiastic about another Russian Federation summit. "More transparency is what we need, not less".

In the final entry of a three-tweet series, the president said: "I did not know of the meeting with my son, Don Jr".

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.

It hasn't been clear whether Trump's earlier announcement, that he wanted to postpone an invitation to Putin, was due to wariness by the Kremlin about agreeing to the trip or some other reason.