Perhaps a bit of revisiting is due here.
And before I get started, don't get the wrong idea: I'm not an apologist for Russia. I think Putin is dangerous. But...
Even before Trump corrected his misstatement, pundits were suggesting that Russia's hacking of the DNC emails was actually worse than China's hacking of the OPM. I would suggest that Russia's hacking is relatively benign when you consider China, NORK, Iran, Pakistan (the Irwan family), and other bad actors around the world - and what they have done, hack-wise. Short-term memory loss seems rampant among the political class.
I would note that American fear of Russia appears to be pathological, not logical or reasonable. And that the reaction to Trump's visit and comments is based on Trump's not bowing to the existing orthodoxy of Russia being our worst enemy, regardless of how Romney feels about them.
Even I know that China has been dumping money into the coffers of members of Congress by hiring family members of representatives, investing in their companies, overspending on services provided by "friends", etc. China has been buying influence - this is provable. Heck, even the relatives of McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, have done well. And Chao has been good-speaking China to McConnell forever.
China uses plenty of money to swing opinion. Russia doesn't. Therefore, Russia is the "bad guy" and China - our economic enemy, and the scourge of the South China Sea - is the "good guy"? Seriously??
Neither China nor Russia is our close friend. But China can destroy the US economically. Russia can't.
So... why is Russia the "bad guy"?
I think Trump has recognized these concepts. He has accused China of being a money manipulator, stealing our tech and our intellectual property, "dumping" products on American shores, and maintaining a trade surplus by heavy tariffs on American imports. He knows that China is at economic war with the US and knows that China has publicly declared that it wants to be the world's biggest economy - even if it means destroying the American economy.
Meanwhile, we do very little trade with Russia. Russia's biggest export right now is energy, and they're selling it to Europe. I dare anyone to show me other Russian exports that would make Russia an economic threat to the US.
Russia shouldn't be our enemy. In fact, Russia doesn't want to be our enemy. Yes, Russia still has hegemonic ambitions on the European continent, but look at the past invasions. Both were meant to give Russia access to the world through areas it lost when the USSR broke up. Since the illegal and warlike invasions of Crimea and Ukraine, Russia has threatened other areas... but it hasn't taken any action. It may be that, regardless of Putin's "dreams of reconstituting the USSR", Russian expansionism may be over for now.
And anyone with half a brain and knowledge of the current state of governments in the European Continent knows that countries from Estonia to (the rest of) Ukraine have no desire to return to rule by Russia. Many of them joined NATO specifically to gain protection from the West. Putin's dreams of Russian expansionism, at least in Eastern Europe, are essentially over - for now.
That's why I think Trump was right, both when he misspoke and when he issued a correction. Both statements remain correct. Our intelligence services deserve our full support - but the reports they generated have been fatally flawed and biased. Trusting Comey, Brennan, and Clapper was a mistake because all three lied, misled the public, and acted against American democracy. Trump's comments were meant for them: it was they who used baseless and unverified/unverifiable "documents" to begin an investigation into Trump's "collusion" with Russians.
Um... isn't that exactly what they accuse Putin of doing?
If anyone is working to undermine the American democratic process, it is the anti-Trump MSM, Dems, and others who are single-minded in their desire to destroy Trump, seemingly for pushing back against the !!!1!!RUSSIAENEMYRUSSIAENEMYRUSSIA!@@!!! dialogue in an attempt to - yes, yet again - push the reset button.
Only time will tell... but I also think time will show that Trump was correct: our enemy isn't Russia.
Our true enemy is China.