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McConnell says next Trump-Putin meeting can wait

McConnell says next Trump-Putin meeting can wait

Russian president Vladimir Putin is ready to invite his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to Russia - and said he is willing to visit Washington if he feels the conditions are right, reports have said.

"That's because Trump is too chicken to hold traditional news conferences and these exercises in photo op-ery often are White House correspondents' only chance to ask questions of the president of the United States".

"He has this invitation already and I told him about it", Putin told reporters.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it".

"Sergei Markov, a longtime Putin supporter and former lawmaker for the ruling United Russia party, wrote on social media after the summit that the Russian president had outplayed Trump in Helsinki "by a big margin", but added: ".In doing so he created a problem because he exposed his partner to fierce criticism in the United States".

After meeting Russia President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the president spent the remainder of the week reversing or softening his comments that Russia didn't try to interfere with the US election in 2016.

Shine and Sanders told Collins she was barred because, at an event to highlight the historic breakthroughs reached by Juncker, representing most of Europe, and Trump, Collins had shouted what the White House called "inappropriate questions" at Trump at an event earlier in the day.

Putin and Trump met in Helsinki earlier this month. The question is central to the federal investigation - Trump calls it a "witch hunt" - into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Unlike Trump, who came under heavy fire from critics at home for what many viewed as his fawning behavior in Finland, Putin has won only praise in Russian Federation for the meeting, which the foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, described as "better than super".

Trump has come in for for what many saw as his unsettling embrace of the Russian strongman this week - and his seeming disavowal of his own intelligence agencies and their assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election.

In the summer of 2015, when Trump announced his candidacy ran for president, CNN was criticized for airing his early rallies in full and unedited, as the NY real-estate tycoon leap-frogged to the front of a crowded Republican field.

"We have to proceed not from emotions, but from the real assessment of economic conditions and prospects of its development and (the development of) the social sphere", Putin said.

Earlier on Thursday, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-New York), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and four other Democratic congressmen sent an open letter to Trump, urging the president to publically reject the Russian offer. 'They discussed some new ideas, and they will keep working on them, ' the official said.

Both Trump and Putin have said they are determined to improve relations.

White House Correspondents Association President Olivier Knox said the White House's action "cannot stand". Trump did not answer 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.

Only 32 percent, or about a third, of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the Helsinki summit, according to CBS' poll.