US President Donald Trump is “open” to visiting Moscow, the White House said after Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated he has invited his American counterpart for another one-on-one meeting.
“He is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a formal invitation,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Friday.
Trump had initially invited Putin to visit Washington in the fall to build up on their summit in Helsinki, Finland, which drew sharp criticism over the US president’s failure to take the Russian leader to task over alleged election meddling.
However, the White House backed away from that plan earlier this week after the Kremlin did not immediately respond to Trump’s invitation.
National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that the two leaders would not hold a meeting in the near future as it had previously been announced, at least not until next year.
Bolton blamed the delay on the…