Did Trump make mistakes with his Finland trip? Not until today. Today he tried to "walk-back" his negative comments about US Intelligence. That's a BAD mistake.
Instead of trying to kiss MSM ass, Trump should have realized that he can't EVER play their game, because the objective of that game is PRIMARILY to make him look weak and indecisive, and he DID look indecisive today.
Trump has started the process of dealing with Russia by just meeting Vladimir Putin to get to know him personally. He made the meeting notwithstanding the efforts of his Intelligence chiefs, who don't WANT his personal diplomacy involved, they want to do their smoke-and-mirrors thing, which Russia, using their tried-and-true "Maskirovka" or deception-moves, well knows how to counter.
Vladimir himself is more than equal to the entire motley crew of US Intelligence alphabet-soup agency heads. Putin, after all, for years ran the most effective spy agency on the planet. Trump well knew that history, and knew that the only way to beat Putin at that game was to use his PERSONAL diplomacy to get inside that deception and expertise, and he just did. That drew jealous howls from the Intell Chiefs. Trump needs to counter those howls with orders: STFU or be fired. He hasn't, and instead kow-towed to the bleating of the Chiefs and the MSM, who took up those cudgels for the Intelligence community.
As THIS pundit sees it, Trump can still recover: his letters demanding the Intell Chiefs' resignations need to go out tomorrow morning. While his pen is warm, he can write one for USAG Sessions, whose mismanagement of FBI oversight led to this Intell Putsch to some degree.
Kick some ass, Mr. Trump, and the day can still be yours. Stand pat on this kow-tow you just did, and you've just put the 11/6 election in jeopardy.