Trump's remarks come days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "firm commitments" were made during a meeting between USA and North Korea officials at the Demilitarized Zone to discuss the repatriation of American service members' remains from the Korean War.
On Tuesday, however, Trump backtracked and claimed that he had misspoken - that he had, in fact, meant to say that he did believe that Russian Federation had interfered in the election.
"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".
"We hope that, at some point, Iran will call us and we'll maybe make a new deal", Trump said, adding that Russian Federation has assured him of its support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Ryan also said special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to continue his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, adding "nothing has changed".
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer was quick to pounce.
Trump asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation.
A few Republicans argued the president did nothing wrong in the first place. Sen.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein briefed Trump on July 9 about the forthcoming indictment before the President left on his European trip, according to the sources.
The president - who regards the probe as an attack on his legitimacy - has dubbed it a "witch hunt", and again said Tuesday there were "no collusion at all".
The Republican president claimed his meeting with Putin - who he seemed to warmly embrace, triggering outrage in Washington - could prove "an even greater success" than his one last week with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Former Trump Republican Primary rival and Kentucky Sen.
Kremlin loyalists have been rushing to Trump's defense on social media.
By Tuesday afternoon when he faced the cameras, Trump had changed tack. "We believe that the threat still exists" and are taking actions to block Russian cyberattacks, Sanders said.
"We have never been in a worse relationship with Russian Federation than we are as of a few days ago, and I think that's gotten substantially better and I think it has the possibility of getting much better", he said.
And on Tuesday evening, Trump was feisty on Twitter again as he defended his meeting with Putin and took aim at one of his favorite targets. I have President Putin. It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome!'
Trump made the remarks on Twitter on July 18, as he continued to face sharp criticism from US lawmakers and others who denounced his statements at a news conference with Putin after the meeting in Helsinki.
He noted that former President Barack Obama received nowhere near the same amount of criticism when it came to his inaction in the face of Russian Federation aggression. That came just days after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats sounded an alarm, comparing the cyberthreat today to the way USA officials said before 9/11 that intelligence channels were "blinking red" with warning signs that a terror attack was imminent. They did interfere in our elections.
"The long-term impact can still be pretty nasty, because both presidents missed the chance to move forward on really tough issues like strategic stability involving nuclear arms", said Gabuev. "Directly contradicted by DNI Coats, who just sounded the alarm about Russia's 'ongoing, ' pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".