White House bars CNN correspondent from open press event

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump "looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a reciprocal formal invitation".

"Donald Trump is doing what conservative politicians have been doing for a long time but which he is taking to a new level - to use the press as a punching bag, and this plays very well with the conservative base", said Robert Jensen, who is retiring this fall as journalism professor at the University of Texas. The question is central to the federal investigation - Trump calls it a "witch hunt" - into Russian interference in the 2016 election. After all, if you are a White House aide, you might prefer to deal with the blowback of banning a journalist than deal with the aftermath of whatever Trump actually says when he tries to answer their question.

Maddow made the omission the lead of her prime-time broadcast Tuesday night.

"Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn't mean the question isn't relevant and shouldn't be asked", the network said.

"A critical exchange deleted from the transcript. We have already seen other acts of reprisal against numerous journalists, who due to their "inappropriate" questions have been prevented from taking part in official acts, in some cases there being alleged absurd excuses". Such sources agree to work with USA intelligence agencies for a number of reasons, but among the most prominent is what we stand for: democracy, freedom and the rule of law. "Turns out it was on objective", Maddow claimed.

As president, Trump has not stripped any news organization of its credentials at the White House, which is a public institution rather than a private campaign.

And Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said the incident showed the need broadly for more "civility" between reporters and the White House. As of Wednesday, the transcript did not include Mason's first question to Putin. The Washington Post pointed out that their own audio and transcript also initially omitted the question.

A Putin visit to Washington between now and January "could have a lot of poor optics", he said, and "it's really hard to see the upside" of a Trump trip to Moscow. Many states plan to hire cybersecurity experts and update voter registration systems, while some want to buy new equipment.

"I love WaPo with the heat of 1000 suns, but nothing here from WaPo disproves our report", she tweeted.

Pompeo asked the senators to close their eyes to Trump's actions in Helsinki and pledged that Trump "accepts our intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election".

But the possibility of a Trump trip to Moscow emerged Friday after Putin said he was ready to invite Trump - or to visit Washington if conditions are right.

Given Trump's antagonistic comments toward traditional allies like Canada and Germany - in addition to his statement that the European Union is a "foe", only to greet Putin warmly days later - it is unsurprising that the leaders of many American allies are now reassessing how they engage the United States.

Journalism ethicists questioned why the White House still hadn't updated its transcript.

He does not have any recordings of the meeting, sources said.

Many former ambassadors have stories about working in risky situations and needing to know they had backing from Washington if their efforts got them into trouble.

  • Rogelio Becker