6:52pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
Late-Night Hosts Rip Trump's Response to Putin Presser Criticism: "Get the F— Out of Here"
After late-night hosts slammed President Donald Trump for his comments that cast doubt on U.S. intelligence in Helsinki on Monday, they followed up on his clarification of those comments in a press conference on Tuesday.
Several of Trump's comments sparked controversy across the aisle Monday, including an assertion on reports that Russians meddled in the 2016 U.S. election. "I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be Russia," Trump said. The remark countered Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian citizens last week for hacking into DNC emails and computer networks.
On Tuesday, Trump walked those comments back, saying he misspoke. "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia' instead of 'why it would,'" he said. "Sort of a double negative."
On NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers, the host made his own double negative in response: "Well, I don't think he's not an idiot," Meyers joked. "Oh, my God, dude, you would look more innocent if you had said, 'Homina, homina, homina.'"
Over on CBS, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert parodied Trump's Tuesday remarks: "Yes, the sentence should have been that. It was not that."
He added, "But then again, who among us hasn't said the exact opposite of what he just said in front of cameras on multiple occasions? I'm sorry, let me clarify, that sentence should be, 'Who among us has not not done that?'"
"Of all the terrible words you said in that press conference, you're only taking back one of them?" Colbert asked.
On Comedy Central's The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah noted a moment earlier Tuesday when Trump stated he had full faith in U.S. intelligence agencies and the lights went off. "It's like even electricity is over Trump's bullshit," he said.
"All Trump had to say is that he believed Russia interfered in the election, full-stop," Noah said of Trump's conference with Putin on Monday. Noah then showed footage from the summit in Helsinki the day before and Trump recanting on his comments from the day before. "Get the fuck out of here, man," he said. "The president and his team had 24 hours to come up with a reason why Trump took Russia's side over America, and the best they could come up with was, 'Nah-uh!'"
And on ABC's Live!, Jimmy Kimmel compared Trump's Helsinki comments to another recent rhetorical controversy: "Boy I tell you, Papa John must be at home right now going, 'Wait, you can do that?'" Kimmel joked.
Kimmel also made a comparison with a famous statement from a past president, Bill Clinton. "This is like if Bill Clinton had come out and said, “Wait, no, I meant to say I did have sexual relations with that woman!” Kimmel said.