The president had insisted that he held "both countries responsible" for the poor relations between Washington and Moscow, despite the conclusion by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US election.
He settled on a regular target for characterizing his Putin presser as anything less than a success - the media.
Trump maintained Tuesday's summit with Putin went "even better" than his meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.
"Sadly, it is not being reported that way - the Fake News is going insane!" he proclaimed.
An Idaho senator who is next in line to chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee does not buy Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial that his country meddled in the 2016 USA election.
'It was nothing short of treasonous.
Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Washington DC, said there was "nearly universal" criticism of Trump's actions in Helsinki. Pingree says the President's comments undercut the intelligence agencies, which he says he supports.
For his "A Closer Look" segment, NBC's Seth Meyers broke down Trump's news conference with Putin, saying the president delivered "one of the most surreal performances by a president in modern American history" and "twisted himself in knots to take Putin's side".
'The sentence should have been: "'I don't see any see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia, '" Trump added, acknowledging that it was a double negative.
Putin showed up late to his meeting with the USA president in Helsinki Monday after arriving in the Finnish capital late.
When asked directly on Monday if he held Russian Federation "accountable for anything", Trump said he held "both countries responsible".
Taking direct issue with the president who appointed him, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats said United States spy agencies have been "clear" and "fact-based" in their assessment that Moscow interfered in the presidential race two years ago - an assessment that Trump refused to endorse in Helsinki.
The US president said he had "great confidence in the US intelligence community, but noted that Putin "was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".
'I think the world really wants us to get along, ' and added: 'I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship'.
"My people came to me - [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others - they said they think it's Russian Federation".
"President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin", McCain continued. "I think that's an incredible offer". "So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things", he said.
Lasha Tchantouridze is a professor of diplomacy and worldwide relations at Norwich University, who specializes in Russian Federation and the U.S. He says this meeting between the two leaders could be the start of something different.
Swedish newspaper HBL went with "Putin: Trump is my favorite" above a photo of the Russian leader smiling. So it was unbelievable and very, very disturbing, ' Clapper said Monday on CNN.