Carlson's interview with Trump was pre-taped on Monday and since then, the president has walked back some of the comments he made while in Helsinki, including the impression that he left that he believed Putin's denial of election meddling over the assessment of his own intelligence community.
In Helsinki, Trump delivered no condemnation of Russia's interference and refused to say he believes American intelligence agencies over Russia's denials of meddling.
In a hastily called White House gathering of reporters, Trump said he has full faith in the US intelligence agencies and their assertion that Russian Federation tampered with the 2016 election. "There was no collusion at all".
McConnell says there is "indisputable evidence" Russian Federation tried to affect the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking alongside Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Trump said: "He just said it's not Russian Federation". 'I have President Putin - he just said it's not Russian Federation.
Kelly probably figured, with some reason, that a rare display of public pressure from Ryan and McConnell would nudge Trump towards walking his comments back - which he did with this afternoon's Costanza-esque "I said "would" when I meant to say "wouldn't" spin.
"Could be other people also", Trump said, appearing to ad-lib.
"My administration will repeal any attempt to interfere in our elections", he said. Members of the Republican Party and even Fox News hosts called out Trump for siding with Putin.
Pomeranz said Trump had done himself political damage by suggesting both sides were to blame for the Russian Federation probe that has hurt US relations with Moscow - just as Trump did when he blamed both sides when responding to violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Many analysts have criticised Trump's meeting with Russia's head, as European allies have recently clashed with Moscow on a number of issues.
Trump's praise for Putin highlights the gap between the president and the rest of his administration when it comes to Russian Federation, a divide that has left European allies scratching their heads.
Last week, Trump met with fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, pushing them to increase their spending on defence. "I think he is a bad person".
Trump tried to stop the bleeding on Tuesday, with a statement to the press in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, during which the notoriously loathe-to-retreat president sounded a note of contrition. "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".
Many Republicans are laying the groundwork to ignore the conclusions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry, which President Trump calls a "witch hunt".
That's just how much damage Trump did to his presidency with his embarrassing performance in Helsinki on Monday.
Mr Wilson said as things stand, Republicans will be sticking with Mr Trump as their 2020 presidential candidate despite their differences with their leader. The watchdog site opensecrets.org shows it giving only $17,700 for Clinton's election and less than $300,000 to the Democratic National Committee, as well as smaller amounts to other entities.
Democrat Mark Warner told CNN today that he expects Trump to reverse his reversal on Russian interference within 24 hours, which is nearly certainly wrong. The Terminator star also said that Trump behave like "a little fanboy" around Putin. I will say this. I think, in Russian Federation, they wouldn't be gone so easily.