President Donald Trump had a reminder on Tuesday to mention that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia as he walked back calamitous comments he made Monday in Helsinki, siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence officials.
Moments earlier, Mr McConnell felt the need to reassure America's allies in Europe with whom Mr Trump clashed during his frenzied trip last week.
Trump's clarification on Tuesday is probably one of the oddest things to ever emerge from a presidency that has been chock full of absurdities, not least because it was that rare occasion in which the former reality TV star admitted that he had gotten something wrong.
Hundreds of activists, led by attorney Michael Avenatti and actress Alyssa Milano, staged a protest near the White House after the President's comments.
Media around the world reacted with shock and outrage at Trump's performance with Putin, according to a CNBC report.
But this reference to diplomatic success carried an edge, too, since the barrage of criticism and insults he delivered in Brussels and London was hardly well-received.
President Donald Trump read from a typed script on Tuesday afternoon to claim he misspoke in his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I have confidence in both parties".
Two congressional aides confirmed to Foreign Policy that Pompeo will publicly testify before the committee next Wednesday.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign has increasingly put pressure on the White House.
But minority Democrats have few tools to enforce anything.
"For the president of the U.S. to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defence officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak", Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said. John Brennan, the Central Intelligence Agency director under Obama, tweeted that "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous". But if words matter, then Trump's critics should be careful what they say. A Republican aide said the panel originally asked to meet him following Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but added Russian Federation to the agenda following the president's tumultuous meeting with Putin. There is a consensus that "Putin is not right, Trump is wrong, we believe our institutions, we trust in our democracy, Russian Federation did interfere, we will not trade facts for feelings of legitimacy, we will not trade our conscious for conspiracy", Cuomo said, and with so many Americans of all political stripes getting outraged, "Trump's luck ran out".
The mistake came in the last sentence.
Carlson asked Trump about the remarks, to which Trump responded by calling Brennan "a very bad person". One wannabe strongman who prefers palling around with despots, usually with the sort of unbridled power that Trump wishes he had, instead of talking to democratic leaders whose leadership styles depend on building consensus. But as the president arrived back to the U.S., that feeling soon turned to anger, according to a Republican source close to the White House.