Everyone, you can relax about President Trump’s seemingly horrific display of Putin-pandering in Helsinki. It turns out he just got a word wrong. He cleared things up on Tuesday: “In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word would instead of wouldn’t. The sentence should have been…’I don’t see any reason why it WOULDN’T be Russia.’ Sort of a double negative. So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things.” (If things refers to the fact that the president is a habitual — and increasingly terrible — liar, then yes, this absolutely clarifies things.)

+ Very, very related: Trump has said 1,340,330 words as president. They’re getting more dishonest.

+ The Atlantic: “Almost every outrageous comment Trump made at the Helsinki press conference was a variation on something he’d said before.” (Editor’s note: Bingo.)

+ Frum: “We still do not know what hold Vladimir Putin has on Donald Trump, but the whole world has now witnessed the power of its grip.”

+ I’m Bill Browder. Here’s the Biggest Mistake Putin Made When Trying to Get Access to Me Through Trump: “Putin offered to allow American investigators to interview the 12 Russian intelligence agents just indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in exchange for allowing Russians to have access to me and those close to me. This is no idle threat. For the last ten years, I’ve been trying to avoid getting killed by Putin’s regime, and there already exists a trail of dead bodies connected to its desire to see me dead. Amazingly, Trump stood next to him, appearing to nod approvingly. He even later said that he considered it ‘an incredible offer.'”

+ The Scotsman: Donald Trump’s Turnberry firm was paid more than £50,000 by his own government to cover the accommodation bill for his weekend stay at his loss-making resort. (By now you should know, this is par for the course.) While we’re on the topic: Where did Donald Trump get two hundred million dollars to buy his money-losing Scottish golf club? (I’m asking for a friend. A friend named America…)