Trump read from a typed script to claim he misspoke in his press conference with Putin, with a handwritten note: 'THERE WAS NO COLUSION'

Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesUS President Donald Trump talks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.
  • President Donald Trump read from a typed script on Tuesday afternoon to claim he misspoke in his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
  • The paper also included a handwritten note saying “THERE WAS NO COLUSION.”
  • Trump said Tuesday he misspoke a day earlier when he didn’t back up findings by the US intelligence community that Russia had meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

President Donald Trump read from a typed script on Tuesday afternoon to claim he misspoke in his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Reporters in the room noticed there was a handwritten note on the paper saying “THERE WAS NO COLUSION”, misspelling “collusion.”

Trump said Tuesday he misspoke a day earlier when he seemed to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the conclusion by the US intelligence committees that Russia had meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

“I’ve said this many times,” Trump said, reading from the written statement. “I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. A lot of people out there.”

Trump said at the joint press conference with Putin that he didn’t “see any reason” why Russia would be responsible for the hacking of the election.

Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesUS President Donald Trump looks at his notes as he talks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.

“I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be. I have confidence in both parties.”

On Tuesday, Trump said he misspoke and instead meant to say he didn’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.

Speaking from a meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House, Trump said he had “full faith” in US intelligence agencies, and wanted to clarify his statements from the day before.

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