But his pliable manner at the Helsinki summit still angered many U.S. politicians, including Paul Ryan - the top Republican in the House of Representatives - and Senate foreign relations chairman Bob Corker.
At his joint news conference with Putin, Trump said they discussed Syria "at length" but was vague about the outcome. Our lawyers and diplomats should use this confession while preparing suits in global courts.
President Trump came under widespread criticism on Monday for not backing the American intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 presidential election won by him.
Trump had toughened his tone about Russia on Wednesday, saying in a CBS News interview that he told the Russian president to his face during Monday's summit to stay out of America's elections "and that's the way it's going to be".
Trump asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation.
The issue has been a source of anger for Russian Federation - which shares a border with both countries and does not want to see them join what it regards as a hostile military bloc - since 2008 when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders promised Ukraine and Georgia they would one day join the alliance.
Dan Coats, President Donald Trump's director of national intelligence, doubled down Thursday in his criticism of the president ― specifically, Trump's apparent desire to downplay the matter of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "If all the countries support the Minsk agreements then they need to be observed", he said.
Echoing President Trump's assessment, Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Thursday described their Helsinki summit as a success - and slammed "forces" in the United States of undermining progress they made on several fronts.
"I just felt at this point in time that what we had assessed and reassessed and reassessed, and carefully gone over, still stands", Coats said.
On Thursday, Mr Trump accused opponents of preferring to go to war rather than seeing good relations with Russian Federation.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
Politicians from both sides of the United States political divide have rubbished the idea - one Democrat congressman called the suggestion "crazy".
Mr Putin had both criticism and praise for Mr Trump in a broad speech about Russian foreign policy.
The two leaders met privately at the summit with only their interpreters present.
Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons, an Arizona Republican and a Delaware Democrat, are reportedly working on a non-binding resolution to endorse the intelligence committee's findings.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to appear before Congress next week and is expected to be hit with questions about the meetings.