It's the flip side to Trump's whataboutism: Just as Trump often seizes upon one little thing that Barack Obama or Clinton did to justify his more egregious actions, he leverages one tiny point of light to give his supporters the ability to see something other than shadows.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Oxon Hill, MD on February 27, 2015.
The issue of Russian election interference could come up later on Tuesday, when Trump was scheduled to meet with members of Congress, although it is expected to focus on tax reform. The president called his meeting with Putin more successful than his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting, claiming he and Putin made progress on conflicts.
Even hosts on the Trump-preferred Fox News have been critical of his handling of the summit.
In an extraordinary postscript to Monday's joint news conference in Helsinki, Trump went on to claim that he misspoke when he appeared to take the Russian leader's denial of interference at face value.
First of all, Trump undercuts his assertion that he accepts the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's culpability about 10 seconds after he makes it.
Trump added that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies".
"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.
But the investigation continues to progress, resulting in the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents on Friday - timing that was embarrassing in light of the upcoming summit. GOP leaders, outraged by Trump's comments in Helsinki, found out about his attempts to quell the outrage the same way everyone else did, as one aide put it, by watching and learning.
The president's steadfast commitment to a number of policies - animosity toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, infatuation with protectionism, an Obama-esque obsession with eliminating nuclear weapons, and his determination that a "good relationship" with Russian Federation should be a policy goal rather than a means to one - may have some ideological underpinning.
Mr Trump said: "I realise there's a need for some clarification", adding that what he meant "should have been obvious - I thought it would be obvious but would like to clarify in case it wasn't".
"This is truly the Trump derangement syndrome that motivates all of this", the Kentucky Republican told CNN. "Thank you @RandPaul, you really get it!"
'You literally sold out at this press conference our intelligence community, our justice system and worst of all our country, ' Schwarzenegger said of Trump's widely perceived attack on the United State's own intelligence community and the Justice Department.
"Whether it be chemical attacks on allied soil, the invasion of Ukraine, propping up the murderer Assad in Syria, or meddling in our elections through cyber-attacks, Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation remains an adversary to the United States". Russian Federation did interfere in the election, full stop.
"Two days of infamy where an American president used moral equivalency; failed to condemn a USA adversary and hate groups; and betrayed U.S. values/interests", Miller said.
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A United States secret service agent who suffered a stroke during Donald Trump's visit to his Turnberry golf resort has died. Remagen was a five year veteran of the US Marines and served the Secret Service for 19 years.