He continued, "Let me be very clear in saying I accept our intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential race took place. There was no collusion at all".
"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, ' " Trump said Tuesday. He said he holds both countries responsible for election interference and called the Robert Mueller probe "a disaster for our country".
I think we met Donald Trump's case officer: President Putin.
After their joint news conference in Helsinki, Russian media took some swipes at U.S. journalists for focusing on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that brought Trump to power. "I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies", Trump said, in a prepared statement.
In an exclusive interview with the Kremlin's go-to news outlet, Pervy Canal or Channel One, Putin said economic relations and the Syrian war came up in the meeting with Trump, and that Russian Federation and the USA are on track to reaching a solution of some kind in the war-torn state.
Trump administration appeals court loss in AT&T/Time Warner case
Mr Trump has publicly feuded with Time Warner's CNN , calling it "failing" and a purveyor of "fake news". Amazon Studios' former head of strategy Matthew Ball pointed out that may have been a bad move.
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.
Russian commentators and editorialists who consider the European Union hostile, troublesome or irrelevant also welcomed Trump's criticism of longtime European allies as "foes" of the U.S.
In response, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was trying to "squirm away from what he said yesterday".
"I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server".
Sen. John McCain of Arizona was most outspoken, declaring that Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant" and achieved "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".
On Sunday, the Republican senator followed the calls of several top Democrats and tweeted that the President should not be "dignifying Putin with the meeting". Trump, who repeatedly praised and deferred to Putin, was criticised by foreign policy and national security veterans as weak, an insult that is particularly galling to him.
Mr Trump's comments put himself out of step with U.S. intelligence agencies, which concluded that Russian Federation was behind an effort to tip the 2016 USA presidential election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, with a state-authorised campaign of cyber-attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.