After siding with Russian president Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies on Monday, President Trump came out on Tuesday to clarify what he meant to say, but no one in late night was buying what he would and wouldn't say about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Even when trying to affirm that he agrees with the conclusion of American intelligence agencies that Russia definitely interfered in the election process, Trump wouldn't definitively condemn Putin or his nation. While reading from a script, he said that he agreed it was Russia, but then he looked up, went off script and added, "Could be other people, also. There's a lot of people out there."
And just like that, he undid his agreement with the intelligence community's conclusion. But even that wasn't his most egregious offense to Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon. That came when Trump tried to take back his use of the word "would" and retroactively replace it with "wouldn't."
During the summit with Putin, Trump was asked if he would condemn Russian involvement in American elections and warn them not to do it again. Trump responded by acknowledging that U.S. intelligence had reached this conclusion, but that Putin had told him it wasn't Russia, adding "I don't know why it would be."
Now, he says he meant to say, "I don't know why it wouldn't be Russia." One word turns the whole thing around and now everyone is friends again, right? Yeah, not so much.
Noah was blunt in his assessment of the situation: "Get the f--k out of here, man!"
See what the rest of the stars of late-night television had to say about Trump's biggest scandal yet.
"We thought yesterday was the craziest day of this ridiculous presidency," Jimmy Kimmel said to kick off his monologue. "Turned out today made yesterday feel like a visit to historic Gettysburg."
He then considered the ramifications of Trump being able to just rewrite history, thinking of John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John's who resigned after he was heard using the N-word during a conference call.
"Papa John must be at home right now going, 'Wait, you can do that?'" Kimmel joked. Ironically -- or perhaps not -- Schnatter has now come out and said he believes resigning over his N-word usage was "a mistake," as reported by ABC News.
"This would be like if Bill Clinton came out and said, 'Wait, no, I meant to say that I did have sexual relations with that woman,'" Kimmel joked, further extrapolating the possibilities of just changing what you said into what you wish you'd said.
"I gotta say, I would rather we had a chimpanzee as president of the United States," Kimmel concluded. "At least with a chimp there'd be somebody to eat the bugs out of Rudy Giuliani's hair."
Seth Meyers absolutely loved that Trump tried to just rewrite history and claim he only misspoke that one word during the summit, somehow changing his tone and the meaning of everything else he said. "Well, I don't think he's not an idiot," Meyers said.
"Your defense is that you meant to say the opposite of what you said," the comedian marveled, also thinking of the disgraced pizza magnate. "That's like Papa John claiming that he meant to say 'whitey.'"
He then considered the potential fallout of Trump setting this precedent that previous public statements can simply be amended. "Melania is now saying that at their wedding, she meant to say, 'I don't,'" he joked.
"One day after his disastrous summit with Vladimir Putin, it is starting to dawn on some people, Trump may be a bad president," Stephen Colbert said at the top of his show. He then described Trump's clarification meeting as "his induction into the Lying Hall of Fame."
But he had to point out that backtracking doesn't work unless you fully commit to the new direction. "You either accept it was Russia or say it could be other people. You can't do both," he said when Trump went off script and suggested "other people" could have also interfered in the election.
Colbert then imagined Trump's apparent level of conviction and commitment spilling over into his wedding vows: "I, Donald, take you, Melania, to be my lawfully wedded wife, although I could took other people, too. There's a lot of people out there."
At the beginning of the meeting, there was another incident even more unusual than Trump's defense. As he was explaining that he has "full faith in the intelligence agencies," the lights went out briefly. "Whoops, they just turned off the lights," Trump said. "That must be the intelligence agencies."
"At this point, even electricity is distancing itself from Trump," Fallon joked.
The Comedy Central star didn't think it would just stop with electricity. "I wouldn't be shocked if one day Trump just starts floating because gravity is like, 'Enough of this. I'm out, I'm out. I can't deal with this guy.'"
But then he realized the lights going out could just be a new feature. "Maybe in the White House, instead of clapping, you just lie to activate the lights," he suggested.
He did side with Donald Trump that it can be pretty easy to say the wrong thing on camera. "That makes sense. I actually believe Trump on this," he said. "Hold on, let me check my notes. Sorry, what I meant to say was, 'Get the f--k out of here, man!'"