>> I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it. And that's the way it's going to be. In his latest account of a summit with Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump said he laid down the law when they met. In a CBS interview that aired late Wednesday, Trump also said he holds Putin personally responsible for alleged meddling in the 2016 elections.
Certainly as the leader of a country, you would have to hold them responsible, yes.>> It came at the end of a day that saw the White House struggling to contain political outcry and confusion over the Helsinki meeting between the two leaders. First, Trump appeared to contradict what US intelligence says, that Russia is still undermining elections with this.
>> Is Russia still targeting the US, Mr. President?>> Thank you very much.>> Press, let's go. Make your way out.>> Hours later, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders denied Trump ever meant to say Moscow was no longer targeting the US. She says he was simply saying no to answering questions.
>> Got a chance to speak with the President after those comments. And the President was, said, thank you very much, and was saying no to answering questions.>> Trump has been trying to calm the storm. After critics say he failed to stand up to Putin at the summit over Russia meddling.
>> And there's been no President ever, as tough as I have been on Russia.>> The biggest outrage came over a key statement he made with Putin standing next to him.>> I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be.
>> A statement he also walked back earlier this week.>> I said the word would instead of wouldn't. The sentence should have been, I don't see any reason why I wouldn't or why it wouldn't be Russia. In a series of early morning Twitter posts, Trump said the summit would eventually produce big results, and accused his critics of quote, Trump derangement syndrome.