US President Donald Trump has always had a turbulent relationship with the media and press associates but the recent expulsion of a CNN reporter from a White House event has left the American media furious over the repeated attacks on press freedom in the country.
The Kremlin said this week that although Washington and Moscow agreed there was a need for another Putin-Trump meeting, Russian Federation had not yet begun any practical preparations for a new meeting.
"President Trump asked (National Security Advisor John Bolton) to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway", Sanders tweeted.
"The President has made it clear that his Administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from any nation state or other malicious actors", said a White House statement after Trump met with his National Security Council about election security.
Mr. Trump later said he misspoke, claiming he meant to say he didn't see how it couldn't have been Russian Federation.
Instead, Putin appeared dominant while Trump was deemed by United States critics as overly friendly to Russian Federation and possibly even treasonous when he gave credence to Putin's denials of meddling in the 2016 election despite U.S. intelligence findings to the contrary. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that despite Trump's public statements that allegations of Russian interference are "a hoax", he accepts the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia did meddle in the 2016 election.
The White House said Trump was enthusiastic about another summit.
Several journalists condemned the White House for its actions.
"You can critique him for what he does and many people do that but one thing is clear - he is willing to fulfill his campaign promises", Putin said, adding that he viewed their meeting earlier this month in Helsinki, Finland, as "useful". She said it didn't matter to her because she hadn't planned to be there anyway.
President Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for "fulfilling a promise" to return remains of missing USA soldiers from Korean War.
"I don't know this for a fact - that (order) probably came from the President", Scaramucci said.
Since Helsinki, Trump has tried to walk back at least some of his comments.
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. If Russia interfered in the 2016 election, then his election victory is tainted - and Trump is unwilling to allow that possibility to go unchallenged.
Collins' colleagues and press organizations, among them the White House Correspondents Association, offered their solidarity and criticized "the mistaken decision of the White House to impede access" by the journalist.
"In Washington, Trump would be surrounded by more aides, media, and the entire policy audience".
He did not clarify if that was a face-to-face invitation to be followed by a formal one.