Trump: 'I think I did great at the news conference'

Trump: 'I think I did great at the news conference'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE on Wednesday said he thinks he did a "great job" at Monday's controversial joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. 

"I think I did great at the news conference," Trump said on CBS Evening News. "I think it was a strong news conference." 

Trump drew bipartisan ire for his remarks at the press conference, during which he sided with Putin on the world stage by implying he trusted the Russian leader's denial of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election.

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Though Trump has since partially walked back his remarks, lawmakers have continued to publicly assail his conduct, calling it "shameful" and even "treacherous." 

Some of the most prominent critics of Trump's performance have been members of his own party who do not typically split with the president on foreign policy matters, such as Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Democrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit MORE (R-S.C.). Graham's criticism prompted Trump's defense in the CBS interview.

Trump, however, blamed the post-Helsinki pushback on the media. 

"I will tell you, I don’t know what all the fuss is about," Trump said. "I think the press largely makes up a lot of the fuss about a lot of the things. It’s crazy."

"You do something that’s positive and they try to make it as negative as possible," he added. He foreshadowed this criticism before the Helsinki summit, when he predicted "no matter how well I do at the summit ... I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough."

Trump has continually blamed the fury following the meeting on the media, tweeting on Tuesday that "fake news is going Crazy!" 

"While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia," he tweeted. "Sadly, it is not being reported that way." 

Trump during the CBS interview also appeared to hold Putin accountable for Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He said Putin was responsible for the Kremlin's attempts to sow discord "because he’s in charge of the country."

"Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country," Trump said.