President Donald Trump said he misspoke during his joint public appearance with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, adding he did in fact accept his intelligence community’s conclusion that Moscow meddled in US elections.

“I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’,” Mr Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday, saying he wanted to clarify the words he had given in a key sentence after he reviewed the tapes and a transcript of his joint appearance with Mr Putin on seeing the negative press coverage of their event.

“The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia [who interfered in the US elections]…sort of a double negative’,” he said. 

Mr Trump came the closest to a contrite apology of his presidency, adding he backed his intelligence agencies with “full faith and support”.

“I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” he told reporters before meeting with lawmakers to discuss tax reductions.

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