Trump: People 'at the Higher Ends of Intelligence' Loved My Putin Comments

President Donald Trump has fired off a series of tweets dismissing critics of his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as unintelligent, and suggesting they suffer from "Trump derangement syndrome."

Moving away from his more contrite approach to the backlash over his Russia comments on Wednesday, Trump boasted that his appearance with the Russian leader had been well received by people capable of understanding it.

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President Donald Trump (L) with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Reuters

"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki. Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting. We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come! " he wrote on Wednesday morning.

"While the NATO meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success. Many positive things will come out of that meeting… Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along. There is no rush, the sanctions remain! Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process! " he added, in a series of tweets that marked quite a change of tone from Tuesday.

The president had walked back on comments he made following his meeting with Putin that appeared to suggest he had believed the Russian leader's denial on Russian election meddling over the opinion of his own intelligence agencies.

"They say it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia," Trump told reporters following his press conference with Putin on Monday, immediately prompting a backlash that later forced him to dial back his comments.

"I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be…. I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today," he added.

After stressing he did have faith in U.S. intelligence agencies, reading from prepared comments on Tuesday, the president also offered an explanation for his controversial comments.

"I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't' and the sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double-negative," The Hill reported Trump saying.

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