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Collins says she was later reprimanded by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and communications chief Bill Shine and told she could not attend the Rose Garden event, which was open to all other members of the credentialed media.

Both Trump and Putin have said they are determined to improve relations.

On the heels of President Donald Trump's Orwellian remark advising supporters that what they read in the news "is not what's happening", the White House released its own statement claiming that it supports a free press-directly after banning a reporter from a news conference.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who was on CNN when the news was announced, said, "This kind of, really, violation of a reporter's rights is an offense against the First Amendment interests of all of us".

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Mr Mattis said: "I am considering meeting with my counterpart, but there's been no decision".

The invitation comes almost two weeks after the two leaders sat down in Helsinki for a meeting in which Trump sided with Russian Federation over the U.S. intelligence community, suggesting the hostile foreign power didn't meddle in the 2016 election despite enormous evidence to the contrary.

Other reporters who were in the room dispute the White House's account.

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The killing was the third possible homicide on the BART line in just five days, accoring to the San Francisco Chronicle . Police said an officer verified Cowell's probation status and then found drugs in his possession when he searched him.

Ryan has said he did not speak to the president in the days after the Helsinki summit. "I'm also prepared to come to Washington, but, I'll repeat, only if the appropriate conditions are created there".

Mr Putin said on Friday: "I understand very well what President Trump said: He has the wish to conduct further meetings. Be my guest. He has such an invitation, I told him that". But National Security Adviser John Bolton said this week that Trump now believes the follow-up sit-down should take place "after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over" and "after the first of the year". "This is outrageous", said Blitzer, a former White House correspondent.

Trump denies there was any collusion. He ratcheted up his frequent, public praise of the USA president, describing him as a rare politician who keeps his campaign promises.

USA intelligence agencies concluded a year ago that Moscow waged an influence campaign to help Trump win the White House by hacking into Democratic Party computers and using fake social media accounts to denigrate Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump was meeting Friday with his national security team to discuss threats to the 2018 congressional midterm elections, the first such session he has convened amid warnings from intelligence officials that Russian Federation is again intent on interfering in the USA democratic process.

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