But the attempt to alter the transcript to suit his narrative could not change the overall impression of Trump at his summit with Putin: The sight of an American president who looked more than happy to stand next to a Russian leader who has been accused of interfering in the U.S. electoral process.
Trump often plays golf at his resorts in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia, and Republican candidates and conservative groups frequently hold fundraisers and other events at the Trump International Hotel, a few blocks from the White House.
And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.
Trump also declined to challenge Putin's insistence that his country did not meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, even though USA intelligence agencies under two administrations and the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that Moscow sought to skew the election toward Trump.
But muddling his message, Trump added that it "could be other people also". A lot of people out there.
Flake said he has spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about the resolution but stopped short of saying that McConnell was in support of the move.
It was easily Trump's worst moment as president, even if it wasn't - as some over the top Democratic critics said, treasonable.
Hundreds of activists, led by attorney Michael Avenatti and actress Alyssa Milano, staged a protest near the White House after the President's comments.
Trump was reportedly shocked by the level of outrage from political circles - which included cable news hosts from almost every major network.
But this reference to diplomatic success carried an edge, too, since the barrage of criticism and insults he delivered in Brussels and London was hardly well-received.
Putin said that issue came up during their private meetings, but Trump did not discuss it during the press conference.
Several senators from both parties backed tougher sanctions on Russian Federation, but it was unclear if Republican congressional leaders would support such a move or what new sanctions might be crafted.
Two congressional aides confirmed to Foreign Policy that Pompeo will publicly testify before the committee next Wednesday.
'There's no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime, ' Rosenstein said in announcing the charges at a press conference in Washington. Trump said that Putin had been "extremely strong and powerful" in his denial of attempting to influence America's elections.
"I think there is real value in having a broad bipartisan statement that reinforces our support for the intelligence community and the ongoing investigation by special counsel (Robert) Mueller that calls for concrete action to protect our election system", Coons told CNN Tuesday.
"I don't know if I've ever thought this, but I did yesterday: Can you actually take away a president's security clearance, since they shouldn't be getting intel from the intel community?" he said. "I don't see any reason why it would be", the president said.