"Look at the word. I told you," said Trump during a press conference in Osaka.
Trump said he had a "huge discussion" with the Russian leader and suggested that it come up again later in their meeting.
"I said that, and I discussed it a little after that too," he said.
When he made his playful reconciliation against election disorders, Putin sat beside him laughing. Trump's helpers, including Prime Minister Mike Pompeo, also smiled.
It was hardly the serious confrontation that many of Trump's critics ̵
Instead, it seemed to be Trump's way of injecting levity into what is still a deeply broken Washington-Moscow relationship.
After each meeting and phone calls, Trump's critics have accused him of fealty to Putin. In part, their suspicions are rooted in the blurred nature of these sessions, which sometimes took place without helpers or even American interpreters present.
It is also based on Trump's general unwillingness to criticize Putin despite his efforts against US interests from the Middle East to Ukraine for election security. When Trump traveled to the G20 summit, he raised criticism in Japan, India and Germany over trade and defense issues – but not against Russia.