The White House said that President Trump was open to travelling to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin, after the Russian leader said that he had extended an invitation. We are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow.
"I believe it was a mistake by those from the Trump campaign who did participate", he told ABC News.
It hasn't been clear whether Trump's earlier announcement, that he wanted to postpone an invitation to Putin, was due to wariness by the Kremlin about agreeing to the trip or some other reason.
Putin added: "I am ready to go to Washington".
Separately, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said he was considering the possibility of the first talks in years between the defence chiefs of the United States and Russian Federation. "I am prepared to go to Washington, but, I repeat, if the appropriate conditions for work are created".
Then senator Jeff Sessions was berated by Mr Trump to be"VERY weak, despite having toured the country and campaigned together
Trump has said he had no knowledge that the meeting was taking place, and in a series of Friday morning tweets accused Cohen of making up the story.
CNN, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, said Cohen is willing to make that assertion to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the USA 2016 presidential campaign.
"In Helsinki, we talked about the issues in which our states have a real stake". Longtime Trump-watchers say that's a sign he's completely written off the man who was once just one step below him on his company's organizational chart. He also said that it was in the interests of Russian Federation and the U.S. to extend arms control treaties. However, efforts to achieve a detente have been fiercely resisted by the US lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, who accuse him of being too friendly towards Putin. "If we don't start talks in 2021, the treaty will cease to exist". "President Trump asked [John Bolton] to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway".
"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.
"The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over, so we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year", Bolton said in a statement.