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"She also asked Trump if he is anxious about what might be on any other tapes recorded by Cohen, and why Russian President Vladimir Putin had not yet accepted Trump's invitation to come to Washington".

Trump came under siege for his widely panned comments at Monday's Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, in which he seemed unconcerned about the USA intelligence community's findings of Russian interference in the 2016 election and of such actions.

"Regarding our meetings, I understand very well what President Trump said". In this audio recording of the press conference clearly hear the answer of the Russian leader: "Yes, I wanted him to win".

Putin emphasized that the Russian side is ready for further negotiations with the U.S. at the highest levels.

Just two days earlier, lawmakers from both political parties unsuccessfully demanded details of the Helsinki meeting from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who stonewalled almost all those inquiries at a contentious hearing by maintaining that the president has a right to private conversations.

Friday's statements marked the latest step in efforts by the White House and the Kremlin to continue the talks the two leaders held at a summit in Helsinki earlier this month. USA intelligence agencies all concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to try to help Trump win, a fact that Trump has wavered on fully accepting. She also said that the White House does support a free press.

Asked in Helsinki whether he would extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the United States for hacking Democratic Party computers, Putin said he could meet the U.S. government "halfway".

Instead, anger about what some United States lawmakers saw as a too-deferential performance by Trump in Helsinki and his failure to publicly confront Putin over Moscow's alleged meddling in USA politics may have made things worse.

"That's really rich, given that it is an accurate description of what many reporters typically do at these softball photo ops, as anyone who has been w'atching coverage of Donald Trump's presidency well knows".

It is time for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into collusion allegations between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation "to be brought to an end", Sen. The question is central to the federal investigation - Trump calls it a "witch hunt" - into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

After the event, the journalist was reportedly singled out by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Chief of Communications Bill Shine, who told her that in light of her questions, she had been "disinvited" from the following event.

President Putin is in Johannesburg for the tenth summit of BRICS nations.

Moscow has portrayed its tensions with Washington as a result of Mr Trump being handicapped by domestic political disputes and a widespread "Russophobia" perpetrated by holdovers from the Obama years - echoing Mr Trump's penchant for blaming his predecessor for many problems.

"I am ready to go to Washington".

Perhaps more troubling for the president is that 53 percent of independent voters said they disapproved of Trump's performance, while 29 percent approved.

He did not clarify if that was a face-to-face invitation to be followed by a formal one.