Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

White House: Nothing malicious in Trump-Putin omission

White House: Nothing malicious in Trump-Putin omission

A CNN reporter said she was blocked from an open media event at the White House on Wednesday after officials objected to questions she asked President Donald Trump at an event earlier in the day.

Putin had said earlier today during a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was ready to invite Trump and also ready to visit Washington if conditions are right.

But the critical point here - less than four months before the midterm elections - is that a majority of American voters say the only way to make sense of Trump's submissive behavior toward Vladimir Putin is that Trump is under Russian control for some mysterious reason.

He added that he would consider a visit to Washington but noted there must be "necessary conditions", without further explanation.

Kaitlan Collins and her employer, CNN, say the White House denied Collins access to Trump's Rose Garden event with the European Commission president because officials found her earlier questions "inappropriate".

President met face-to-face with Russian President in Finland on Monday before a joint news conference that largely downplayed Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Blackmail is also the easiest explanation for Trump's stumbling effort to invite Putin to the White House this fall without consulting his key national security and foreign policy advisers.

The invitation came as an apparent surprise to the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats when he was told about it during a live interview at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado.

Democrats scoffed at that notion, citing indictments alleging the Russians directed an election sabotage plan in 2016 created to benefit Trump.

President Donald Trump ended a bumpy week of criticism about his dealings with Russian Federation, using tariffs to influence trade and his questioning of Federal Reserve policy by digging in his heels. She said it didn't matter to her because she hadn't planned to be there anyway.

An unknown prankster apparently is to blame for placing a portrait of the Russian dictator near the space dedicated to where a painting of the actual president, Donald Trump, would go.

The rouble fell 1.2 % last Tuesday after two USA senators said in a statement they had begun working on new sanctions that would, among other things, take aim at Russian sovereign debt. Thousands of Moscow citizens participated in protests on Sunday, and the protests featured many anti-Putin chants.

Trump met Friday with his national security team to discuss threats to the 2018 congressional midterm elections, the first such session he has convened amid warnings from intelligence officials that Russian Federation is again intent on interfering in the USA democratic process. Trump ignored the questions. "But the reaction inside the United States is blocking any dialogue", said one billionaire included in January on a US Treasury list of people deemed too close to the Kremlin, some of whom were later hit with sanctions. "It can not stand", said the group's president, Olivier Knox.

Shine, who was ousted as co-president of Fox News a year ago over his handling of sexual harassment allegations, joined the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications earlier this month.

"We leave to the American side, in this case, the interpretation of which agreements were reached and which were not reached", he said.

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