Trump made the comments in a series of early morning tweets after his highly criticized meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland and his visit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries. "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", but added, "could be other people also".
And it will now be etched as part of Trump's presidency, no matter how many double negatives he tries to claim.
Tweeted Trump: "So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki.
And we've never had our president hold a joint news conference with a Russian leader where he assigned blame, from his perspective, to both parties, but in fact dedicated most of his time to blaming the U.S. Justice Department and intelligence services".
They worry the damage from the president's foreign trip can't be fully undone.
Not all Republicans were angry with Trump's conduct in Helsinki.
"They're not saying don't do this or this is the wrong thing to do", Flake said.
At the summit in Helsinki, Mr Trump appeared to unquestioningly accept the Russian president's "strong and powerful" denials of meddling in the election.
"That's what I wish he would have said initially, and I'm glad he said it now", said Sen.
Earlier this week, Trump also had an extensive one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he said they discussed reducing nuclear weapons worldwide. It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome!
The president's response to a reporter's question came a day after he walked back his public doubting of us intelligence findings of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Mr Trump also appeared to blame the U.S., rather than Russian Federation, for the strained relations between the two nations.
Trump sought to calm the storm in comments on July 17, saying that he misspoke in Helsinki when he stated that he saw no reason to think that Russian Federation had meddled. A CBS News/YouGov poll last month found 52 percent of Florida voters gave Trump a thumbs up.
The president went on the defensive less than 24 hours after he was forced into a U-turn about the Putin summit, the most humiliating climbdown since Trump took office.
Mainly reading from a prepared statement, Trump on Tuesday said he had complete faith in United States intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusions.
"I thought it would be obvious but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn't".