White House Defends Decision To Bar CNN Reporter From Open Press Event

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.

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.

He serves as the deputy chief of staff. Shine, along with press secretary Sarah Sanders, told the CNN reporter not to come to the press event.

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. Trump has repeatedly denounced the investigation as a "witch hunt" meant to delegitimize his presidency.

The Interfax news agency said he expressed readiness to invite Trump.

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

Interfax quoted Putin as saying he is ready to visit Washington "if the appropriate conditions are created there".

"We are ready for such meetings. Be my guest. He has such an invitation, I told him that", Mr. Putin said at a press conference in South Africa, where he is attending an economic conference.

It's part of "a power game between Putin and Trump", said Dr. Alina Polyakova of the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Putin said in the meantime, it was possible that he and Mr. Trump would meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, or another global event.

"Russia isn't abandoning the dollar", Putin said in answer to a question about the sharp decline in its holdings of US Treasuries in April and May.

A summit last week between the pair in Helsinki caused Trump serious domestic problems, with the United States president accused of appeasing a man who allegedly tried to tilt the 2016 United States presidential election.

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.

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