Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer said Tuesday that President Trump hurt his cause at the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin 

Trump has received backlash from both sides of the aisle after remarks he made in his post-summit news conference in Helsinki, Finland.

President Trump stated on Monday that Putin "was extremely strong and powerful" in his denial of Russians meddling in the 2016 election, casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community's conclusions. 


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Trump clarified his remarks at the White House on Tuesday, saying that he misspoke and that he thought the point he made would have been obvious.

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place," Trump said Tuesday at the White House.

The president said that as he faced an onslaught of backlash for his remarks on Monday, he reviewed a transcript of his answer in question.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia.' So just to repeat it, I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't.'"

Fleischer said on "The Daily Briefing" that regardless of Trump's backtracking, "he dropped the ball" and missed a chance to tell Putin to his face to "knock it off" when it comes to interfering in American politics. 

"It's a partial crawl-back under pressure and that's the problem with it," he said, adding he's glad Trump is trying to "unwind" what he did. 

"It's happened throughout his presidency. He can be on such a good roll, and then he does something, goes too far, says something too wrong and it overshadows everything else."

Fleischer said Putin may now believe Russia can interfere in other countries' elections, like in Eastern Europe, without consequence from America. 

Watch President Trump's full remarks from the White House below.


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