After criticism from both the left and right, Trump clarified some of his remarks at Monday's press conference, saying he does accept what US intelligence has found about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Mr Putin said that "I believe we as major oil and gas countries may work constructively to regulate global markets because we are interested neither in an extreme drop in prices - as our producers [including shale oil and gas producers in the US] will suffer - nor extremely high prices", because they will negatively impact the countries' economies, Putin said.
"A lot of people get confused - I'm not saying the president is confused", Doocy went on.
Mr Trump appeared to disagree with USA intelligence when he responded "no" to a question about whether Russian Federation was still targeting American elections. Lawmakers called his comments shameful and a disgrace to the US presidency.
On Tuesday, Trump spoke plainly on the matter and also read from a prepared statement. "I don't see any reason why it would be", the president said.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russian Federation would help with North Korea and offered an enthusiastic update on the USA process of negotiating with the antagonistic Asian nation over nuclear weapons.
That position, Wray said at a security forum in Aspen, Colorado, is that "Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day".
The drama continued as Trump headed to his next stop, the U.K. His first official visit was overshadowed by fallout from the rhetorical grenade he'd lobbed at British Prime Minister Theresa May before arriving.
The White House confirmed that Putin spoke with Trump at their summit in Helsinki about questioning former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and financier Bill Browder - and declined to rule out USA cooperation in such an effort.
Mr Trump told the world Mr Putin had been "strong and powerful in his denials" of Russian interference on the 2016 United States elections, and insisted: "All I can do is ask the question".
He echoed that sentiment about his meeting with his Russian counterpart again Wednesday morning in another Twitter post.
He said that his meeting with Mr Putin was "positive" and "may prove to be, in the long run.an even greater success".
FILE - Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters.
Sheppard, 43, a self-described reluctant Democrat who became disenfranchised with the Republican party during the Iraq War, characterized Trump's performance in Helsinki as "a national tragedy". "Directly contradicted by DNI Coats, who just sounded the alarm about Russia's 'ongoing, ' pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's comments on Tuesday were another sign of weakness, particularly his statement that it "could be other people" responsible for the election meddling.
Mr Trump said that the interference had had no impact on the election, in which he defeated Hillary Clinton.
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A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after his news conference with Putin found that 55 percent of registered U.S. voters disapproved of his handling of relations with Russian Federation, while 37 percent approved.
"No? You don't believe that to be the case?"
Some Republicans have come to Trump's defense. "I think we need to go a little further than that".
Republicans "should use their leverage to stop the administration's priorities" until the Senate passes legislation that protects special counsel Robert Mueller and his Russian Federation probe, and bolsters election security, Senate Democrat Brian Schatz told Politico. "Our Republican colleagues can not just go 'Tsk, tsk, tsk.' They must act". "I think that's an incredible offer".
Trump believes when the 2016 election is attacked, it "delegitimizes his win", Cuomo said, and "if it comes down to what is best for Trump or what is best for you, you're going to lose, and the world saw this yesterday and it was shameful".