President Donald Trump had a reminder on Tuesday to mention that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia as he walked back calamitous comments he made Monday in Helsinki, siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence officials.
President Donald Trump's much-maligned performance at Monday's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin has deepened the Republican Party's divide between traditional security hawks who want to stand up to Russia and conservatives who want to stay loyal to the president.
He continued, "Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting".
Trump received criticism from both sides of the aisle over remarks he made in his post-summit news conference on Monday.
"The full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies - I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies", Trump said. "You know the president can do more damage in 15 minutes at a press conference than we can undo in six months of passing resolutions". "I think he is a bad person".
The unverified allegations that Trump engaged in a sexual encounter with prostitutes during that trip have not entirely escaped Putin's notice, however. "We understand the Russian threat, and I think that is the widespread view here in the United States Senate among members of both parties", he said in press conference on Tuesday, addressing European and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.
"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't".
Speaking about Mr Trump's mistake, Sky's United States correspondent Hannah Thomas-Peter said: "If we are to believe that (it was a simple mistake), that's not good, because the leader of the free world should be able to nail those important ideas, express himself clearly under pressure when standing next to the leader of an adversarial nation". At that summit, Trump seemed raucous and pugilistic, attempting to push his allies around and threatening to blow up the who alliance, all for a few assurances that those countries would spend more on defending themselves.
Early Wednesday, Trump was back to touting a meeting that he said would lead to "big results" and "many positive things" - including Russia's help with his efforts to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons.
Former House speaker and longtime Trump ally Newt Gingrich put it bluntly. "I thought that the meeting that I had with President Putin was really strong".
In a press conference, Trump said, "My people came to me... they said they think it's Russian Federation".
The action was not only a literalization of football jargon, but also symbolic of passing on the responsibility of hosting the World Cup; a joint bid of the US, Mexico and Canada was announced as the victor of the right to hold the 2026 version a day before Russian Federation 2018 began in Moscow. My people came to me, (director of national intelligence) Dan Coats came to me and some others.
"He's held aloft by his base for now, but the base alone is not sufficient and I think we're in for a rough ride this fall."Many positive things will come out of that meeting.
When he said he couldn't see how it "would" have been Russian Federation that was responsible for election interference, he says he actually meant to say he couldn't see how it "wouldn't" have been Russian Federation.
"That has me concerned because if the President doesn't believe our intelligence services, doesn't believe that those indictments are appropriate, then the administration might not work as hard as they should to bring these people justice", he said.
Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to increase defence spending
They have paid $33 Billion more and will pay hundreds of Billions of Dollars more in the future, only because of me. Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem". "I'm very consistent.