White House bars CNN correspondent from open press event

He was referring to CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins, who said she was denied access to the event with Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission.

Mr. Trump suffered fierce criticism from Democrats and Republicans for his kid-glove treatment of Mr. Putin at their July 16 summit 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", she said.

The president has been widely criticized for failing to publicly denounce Russia's interference in the 2016 US election and appearing to accept Putin's denials of such activity. 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.

"We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press", Fox News president Jay Wallace said in a statement Wednesday.

"Regarding our meetings, I understand very well what President Trump said".

President Trump is willing to visit Moscow, the White House said Friday, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin said Trump "has such an invitation".

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"We are ready for such meetings".

Putin said he and Trump have important matters to discuss, including Iran, the war in Syria, and the looming expiration of the New Start nuclear arms control treaty in 2021.

"(Trump) has a desire to conduct meetings in the future and I am ready", Putin said, extending the invitation and reiterating his desire to go to Washington.

Mr. Trump invited Mr. Putin for a follow-up meeting at the White House. She said the Kremlin basically drove the entire process in Helsinki, and "we're seeing that again now".

Trump will convene his national security advisers on Friday for a meeting on election security because his advisers have warned him Russian Federation continues efforts to interfere, less than four months before Americans vote to determine whether or not Republicans maintain control of Congress.

Mr Putin did not detail what "conditions" would have to be met. He later said he had misspoken at the summit.

He did not clarify if that was a face-to-face invitation to be followed by a formal one.

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