He added: "In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't.' ... So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself". My personal view: "the Russians are at [it] again".
The president's assertion would conflict with a statement issued Monday by National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said Russian Federation has "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
Trump had said he and Putin discussed reducing nuclear weapons worldwide.
When asked if she was reversing what the president had said, she answered: "I'm interpreting it, not reversing it".
He said he then reviewed the transcripts of his Helsinki statements and explained that he had misspoken.
According to him, he mistakenly said "would" when he ACTUALLY meant to say 'wouldn't!'
That lends credence to Townsend's assumption that the president only made the correction because of pressure from the intelligence community.
"I am no admirer of Vladimir Putin", Mr Howard said. "I think he's a very bad person". "It's 24 hours too late, and in the wrong place", Mr. Schumer said.
Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters. It is why I believe we are at a critical point.
"They're not saying don't do this or this is the wrong thing to do", Flake said. My people came to me, (director of national intelligence) Dan Coats came to me and some others. The document stated that they believe Russian officials "are continuing to engage in interference operations like those charged in the present indictment".
During that press conference, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016.
"Some of my tweets, I will acknowledge, are rather shrill if not strident", he said. "And that's where he is and that's what he does". "And he's been briefed about it in excruciating detail", Townsend said. "I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt".