Contrary to his instance now -- after all the outrage on both side of the political spectrum, even on "Fox News -- Trump did NOT "mis-speak." No matter how much he might try to say otherwise, we all actually saw everything he said very clearly. Standing next to Putin, he went on at length explaining why he believed the Russian despot and why both sides were wrong, and why he didn't take the definitive, detailed word of U.S. intelligence services -- which is precisely what he's been saying for two years! This wasn't the first time he said he believed Putin. This wasn't the first time he said he dismissed what ALL the intel services have said. He's been saying that before he was even elected.
And furthermore, his "backtrack" this morning is an obfuscation because even here he still says that it could be "other" people who also hacked into the U.S. Sorry, NO -- the U.S. Justice Department indictment says specifically (and with great, meticulous detail) why it WAS RUSSIA. And not just that RUSSIA did the hacking, but was involved in so many other efforts to attack the U.S. So, even in his backtrack Trump is denying U.S intelligence.
And a slight addendum. I wrote the above based on reading the core of Trump's comments. I just saw the video of him badly trying to read a prepared statement and then going off-script. O dear heavens!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! This was just ludicrous. Besides all that I said above, the fake "walk-back" was so incompetently and quarter-heartedly read, but he's trying to explain that WHOLE PROBLEM was just that he said "would" rather than "wouldn't" -- and about something that is barely secondary to what has outraged people with cries of treason. Even former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer said on "Fox News" that the "walk-back" was meaningless and noted that his initial comments slamming U.S. intelligence was “from the heart.”
I’m sure that Trump's cultists will believe him, but that’s okay because they believed him before when he slammed U.S. intelligence, so it doesn’t matter.