>> I realize that there is a need for some clarification.>> In a head spinning reversal, President Trump telling reporters on Tuesday that he misspoke at his summit with Vladimir Putin. Now saying he actually does believe that Russia interferred in the 2016 US election.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump is in full damage control mode after his Helsinki performance.
Saying it was a slip of the tongue that caused him to look like he was siding with Putin and undermining his own intelligence agencies, which all say that Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election.>> I accept our intelligence community's conclusion.>> Trump says that it was just one word that made all the difference.
>> And a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word would instead of wouldn't. The sentence should've been I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.>> Trump's words come after harsh criticism from all sides after his summit in Helsinki.>> More like a pushover.
>> And it's unclear whether he's done enough to quiet the uproar. Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate leader Mitch McConnell saying they have no interest in forging closer ties to a country that they see as a threat to democracy.>> Not only did Russia meddle in our elections, they're doing it around the world.
They did it to France, they did it to Moldova, they're doing it to the Baltics.>> I think the Russians need to know that there are a lot of us who fully understand what happened in 2016.>> Even the Trump-friendly morning show hosts on Fox News urged the President to change his tune.
>> I think it's time to pay attention, and it's easily correctable from the President's perspective.>> Trump now vowing to protect the upcoming midterm elections from foreign hackers. Democrats are saying that's not enough, pressing Republicans to tighten sanctions on Russia and hold hearings to find out what exactly Trump and Putin discussed when they were alone.
Saying Congress should protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates whether Trump's campaign worked with Russia to win the White House.>> Millions of Americans are left wondering if Putin indeed has something over the president.>> We'll see in coming days whether voters will accept Trump's explanation, but this controversy doesn't stem from just one sentence.
Trump has been attacking US intelligence agencies and praising Putin for years now. There's a saying in politics, if you're explaining, you're losing. And Trump may have more explaining to do, His effort to forge closer ties with Russia clearly backfiring at home.>> Getting along with Russia would be a good thing.