Media outlets objected this week when the White House barred a CNN reporter from attending a press event with President Donald Trump because she had earlier called out questions Trump didn't like at an Oval Office meeting.
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. "Be my guest. He has such an invitation, I told him that".
However, he said the conditions need to be right for meeting to happen. He cited special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling as the reason, using Trump's favorite term for the probe: "witch hunt".
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter for a question during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Washington.
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Bales of hay blocked the road 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) into the 218-kilometer stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon. Froome remained second in the general classification, 1 minute, 39 seconds behind Sky teammate Thomas.
"Regarding our meetings, I understand very well what President Trump said". I am ready for that. Aide Yuri Ushakov said that while a meeting should take place, "it would be wise to let the dust settle" first.
The White House has taken steps in recent days to tamp down on the concerns over the United States' Russia policy sparked by the Helsinki summit, where Trump appeared to side with Putin and cast doubt on the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
The White House Correspondents' Association also issued a harshly worded statement condemning "the White House's misguided and inappropriate decision.to bar one of our members from an open press event after she asked questions they did not like".
Trump denies there was any collusion.
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The Netherlands' Tom Dumoulin remains third at 1:50, while Slovenia's Primož Roglič is fourth at 2:38. There was also a half-hearted and short-lived attempt by Bardet to slip away on a downhill.
Mr Trump has been widely criticised for failing to strongly denounce Russia's election interference and appearing to accept Mr Putin's denials during their joint press conference in Helsinki.
Trump will convene his national security advisers on Friday for a meeting on election security because his advisers have warned him Russian Federation continues efforts to interfere, less than four months before Americans vote to determine whether or not Republicans maintain control of Congress.
By saying that he's willing to go to Washington if conditions are "appropriate", Putin underlines that stance and effectively puts pressure on Trump to try to stamp out opposition. He later said he had misspoken at the summit.
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Carolyn Coleman said she and her husband are planning to make a trip to IN for the funeral after the bodies are released. Cox Health Center Branson said Sunday night in a tweet that it was "happy to announce" all seven had been discharged.