In a possible dig at Mr Trump's unpredictable presidency, Mr Putin vaunted Russia's "consistent, responsible, independent foreign policy".
"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", he said. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation.
Clearly, the internet isn't buying it.
The report sheds light on President Trump's consistent efforts to shift the focus away from any role Moscow played in his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, including his back-and-forth statements that at first contradicted, then accepted, the intelligence community's findings since his meeting with Putin in Helsinki Monday.
"It's imperative we get to the bottom of what is going on so we can be prepared to protect ourselves in advance of the 2018 elections", Graham said.
That was the broad consensus of national-security and intelligence veterans following a freaky press conference during which Trump stood next to Putin and spent more time denigrating his political opponents and intelligence agencies than he did a hostile foreign power.
Trump said he had been "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that". On Friday of last week was when Mueller issued the indictments against the 12 [Russian military intelligence agency] officers for hacking the US election.
A few hours earlier, Trump had answered "no" when asked if the longtime United States foe was still targeting American elections. "And I don't think he's going to lose that core part of his base that was responsible for him winning the primary, that propelled him to winning the general election".
Critics have accused Trump of siding with Russian Federation over his own country by failing to criticize Moscow for what us intelligence agencies past year described as Russia's election interference in an attempt to sow discord, aid Trump's candidacy and disparage Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
"President Putin knows that better than anybody, he understands it and he's not happy about it", he added.
By day's end, in an interview with CBS News, Trump was ready to set an unmistakably forceful tone.
"There was some conversation about it, but there wasn't a commitment made on behalf of the United States", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.
Except Trump then answered the question, insisting no president has been as tough on Russian Federation. "And I think that statement speaks for itself".
Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, has been Trump's most vocal defender this week amid waves of negative press and hot-takes from media pundits, former Obama administration officials, celebrities, and more.
'You look at other people int he Federal Bureau of Investigation that have been fired that are no longer there, ' Trump said.
Trump has refined and sharpened his presentation in other ways in the two days since Helsinki.
Lindsey Graham pointed to "a big discrepancy" between what they believed Trump said Wednesday and Coats' warning. "It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome!" the president wrote. Too bad they don't want to focus on all of the ECONOMIC and JOBS records being set, ' he noted Thursday.
Man jumps bike over Tour de France riders
The Frenchman beat his chest and spread his arms to celebrate France's first stage win of the 2018 Tour. And British cycling great Wiggins, who won the 2012 Tour with Sky, foresaw trouble ahead.