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That's what a handwritten note attached to U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks said on Tuesday, one day after he questioned information from his intelligence agencies suggesting Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump told reporters at the White House that he had full faith and support for USA intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies".

Signalling Republicans' own efforts at damage control in the wake of Trump's Helsinki performance, McConnell said there might be a vote on a bill sponsored by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, that would create punishments if Russian Federation interferes in the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump said he reviewed the transcript and clips from the news conference and said he made a mistake when he answered a reporter who asked the US president if he would publicly denounce the election meddling to Putin.

Back at the White House on Tuesday, the president told reporters that he said he meant he doesn't see why Russian Federation "wouldn't" be responsible. "But I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship".

After resounding bipartisan backlash - including stern consternation from House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump ally Sen. He was asked whether he holds Russian Federation accountable for "anything in particular", Trump responded, "I hold both countries responsible".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Tuesday he wouldn't critique Trump's appearance with Putin. In April, that law led the U.S. Treasury to impose major sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs, in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow.

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On Tuesday, Trump said he misspoke and instead meant to say he didn't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation. "President Putin said he agrees with me 100 percent, and they'll do whatever they have to do to try and make it happen", said Trump.

Panelists on Russia's popular Sunday night talk show "Vecher (Evening)" said Putin was going into the summit as the clearly stronger figure, notably coming off his successful hosting of the monthlong World Cup. But she took issue with the president's tone, saying Trump bullied other countries into something and then took credit for it.

Putin told the media that the two leaders had kept in regular touch over telephone and in meetings in multilateral scenarios and it was time to have an in-depth discussion of bilateral ties and urgent global affairs, reports Xinhua news agency.

CNN producer David P Gelles shared a screenshot of what he assumed was the phrase "THERE WAS NO COLLUSION" written in all caps across Trump's talking points.

Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the first step was to get Pompeo to appear, "hopefully" next week.

Sara Haines said she'd "never seen a more weaselly answer", while Sunny Hostin said she believes he'll never say "the election was compromised" because it "delegitimizes his presidency".

In all, Trump's remarks amounted to an unprecedented embrace of a man who for years has been isolated by the US and Western allies for actions in Ukraine, Syria and beyond.

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