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After criticism, Trump delays second Putin meeting to next year

31 July 2018

United States will not let Americans be questioned by Moscow, but demands extradition of 12 Russians Donald Trump has turned down Vladimir Putin's proposal to allow Russian investigators interview Americans suspected of crimes, but still expects 12 Russians blamed of election meddling to arrive in the USA, the White House said.

On Thursday, Trump said on for the second time that his meeting with Putin on Monday in Helsinki was considered a triumph among all "except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media".

"We strongly condemn the White House's misguided and inappropriate decision today to bar one of our members from an open press event after she asked questions they did not like", wrote WHCA president Olivier Knox.

The invitation sparked a new outcry, including from lawmakers in Trump's Republican party, who argued that Putin is an adversary not worthy of a White House visit and that they still did not know what the leaders had discussed during their two-hour, one-on-one meeting.

He added that he would consider a visit to Washington but noted there must be "necessary conditions", without further explanation.

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Trump had initially invited Putin to Washington this fall for a follow-up meeting to their Helsinki summit, but Trump national security adviser John Bolton changed the timeline this week, saying Trump now believes it should take place "after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over" and "after the first of the year".

Is it true, as the Russian media suggest, that Trump is open to allowing Putin, the man behind interference in the 2016 US election, to stage a referendum in the Ukraine in order to claim that nation as Russian territory?

The White House was under fire Wednesday for barring a CNN reporter from attending an event with the president, allegedly for having asked questions that officials objected to. The question is central to the federal investigation - Trump calls it a "witch hunt" - into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Wednesday was another turbulent one for Trump's presidency, as he and his European Union counterpart announced a mini-trade deal that left most of the big pieces unresolved at an impromptu press conference that left White House staff and journalists scrambling. In this audio recording of the press conference clearly hear the answer of the Russian leader: "Yes, I wanted him to win". If Russia interfered in the 2016 election, then his election victory is tainted - and Trump is unwilling to allow that possibility to go unchallenged.

After the summit, trump harshly criticized both in the U.S. and in Europe. "We were operating with the support of the government at the time, but the fact of the matter is that if another government came into power and decided the USA government was involved in murdering its citizens - which we were - and they wanted to bring me over because I did have a role in those programs, that could be an extremely serious issue".

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His prosecutors are also looking at possible links between Russian hackers and the Trump campaign, though the president has denied collusion. Thousands of Moscow citizens participated in protests on Sunday, and the protests featured many anti-Putin chants. It underscores Trump's eagerness to forge a warmer relationship with Putin, though the Russian does not appear to share the urgency and Trump's allies in Washington are watching with frustration.

Trump still routinely casts doubt on the USA intelligence assessment that Russian Federation tried to sway the 2016 presidential election.

"Mr. President, are you anxious about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors?"

The interlocutor added that, according to Putin, the said "referendum" should take place under the supervision of the global community.

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After criticism, Trump delays second Putin meeting to next year