His claim that he misspoke is in itself hard to believe, let alone after seeing the actual explanation: claiming that he said WOULD instead of WOULDN'T - I mean this is something you would use as an excuse in a comedy film.
And truth is, Trump will get away with it, his voters will get away with it.
Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.
The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.
Reuters - Trump asked security adviser Bolton to invite Putin to Washington: White House