President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Russian Federation had "no impact on our vote" in the 2016 presidential contest and vowed to combat any attempts to meddling in the 2018 midterms.
Trump said during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lfven that immigration has "certainly" caused problems in Sweden.
On top of that, Trump said his administration is conducting "a very, very deep study" that will pinpoint vulnerabilities and recommendations to prevent what national security experts said was a sustained and effective attack on the integrity of the US election in 2016.
Speaking with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in the Oval Office, Trump says the relationship is "strong" and the countries are working closely on countering terrorism and other issues.
Trump's remarks came after his top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, was rumored to be eyeing an exit after Trump abruptly announced major steel and aluminum tariffs last week that many fear could launch a trade war and tank the United States economy. Trump said Monday that he's not backing down from his plan despite the criticism from GOP leaders. "And they can do whatever they like, but if they do that, then we put a big tax of 25 percent on their cars".
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He defended his recent call for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and when talking about White House staffing, said he fosters disagreement among his top aides.
"The Russians had no impact on our votes. And I think it's the best way to go".
His remarks come after President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE vowed to crack down on efforts by the Kremlin to interfere in the midterms during a press conference earlier in the day.
"If the President decides, and the key actors decide they want us to help out, we'll be there", he said.
Trump didn't seem alarmed by the possibility of an escalating trade war: "We'll have to see; when we're behind on every single country, trade wars aren't so bad, do you understand what I mean by that?" "There was some prodding and proving that went on at state levels". Believe me, everybody wants to work in the White House. "And it's a blueprint of what they've done in other countries", Burr said. "And we can't lose our aluminum industry, also a fraction of what it once was". Only a few people in the room chuckled quietly, prompting the president to add "nobody got that".