The White House said US President Donald Trump is "open to visiting Moscow" as Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Friday and renewed the president's proposal for Putin to come to Washington in 2019.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Wednesday that Collins had been banned because she shouted and refused to leave the Oval Office. Following the backlash in the United States over Trump's cordial public tone with Putin at the Helsinki summit, American and Russian officials backed away from a proposal to schedule a follow-up summit in Washington.
But according to CNN and NBC, Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who has fallen out with the president, claims he was present when Donald Jr. told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and Trump approved it.
Putin said that in their recent meeting, they discussed topics that "concern very many countries around the world and, including, all of Europe", NBC reported. I am ready for that.
Interfax quoted Putin as saying he is ready to visit Washington "if the appropriate conditions are created there". We are ready for such meetings. I have told him about it.
Vladimir Putin and billionaire Mr Trump met in the Finnish capital Helsinki for a historic diplomatic summit earlier this month. "I repeat once again, if the right conditions for work are created".
President Trump received an update from his National Security Council Friday afternoon on the government-wide effort to prevent foreign interference in the US election system.
He said talks should begin on the possible extension of a nuclear arms treaty which was signed by Trump and Putin's predecessors, Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev in 2010 and which will expire in 2021.
Putin praised Trump for what he called "his eagerness to meet all his promises he made to voters during his election campaign".
"Are we going to extend it or not?" he asked. Russian Federation and the United States have a stake in that, the whole word has a stake in that, in not starting an arms race. "There are some things you can't do over the phone", he added. The audio mixer at the site in Helsinki did not bring up the question mic level in time to catch the beginning of Mason's question because the translator was still speaking, the official said.