'Political outsiders' Trump and Löfven talk North Korea and tariffs

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Trump said Russian interference "had no impact" on votes in 2016 but that they did meddle in the election. "But for me leading a small country, we feel the best way to do that is with others".

The European Union, of which Sweden is a member, has been the only entity to announce potential retaliation to the tariffs, as EU Commissioner for Trade Cecelia Malmstrom said USA exports to Europe - like bourbon and jeans - could face a 25 percent tax.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Russian Federation had "no impact on our votes" in the 2016 presidential contest but vowed to combat any attempts to meddle in the 2018 midterms.

Trump said his administration is conducting a study and will make strong suggestions on protecting the midterms and beyond.

Trump didn't give more specifics on how his administration would do that but did recommend states use a paper backup system to maintain voting integrity.

"Thanks to Vladimir Putin, we've gotten a wake-up call", Coats told the Senate Armed Services Committee. On February 13, Dan Coats, America's top spy, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russian Federation would continue to interfere in American elections: "Frankly, the United States is under attack".

"You don't want your system of votes to be compromised in any way and we won't allow that to happen", Trump said.

"We have president said Tuesday he embraces the tension".

"It is extraordinary, confounding and risky how little the Trump administration is doing about Putin's campaign to undermine our grand democracy", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

How the markets reacted to Trump's tariffs talk
President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that theU.S. steel and aluminum industries need "free, fair and smarttrade". Over the final seven trading days of the month, the Dow did not move fewer than 164 points in either direction.

Asked if he was optimistic for a positive result in the talks, Mr. Trump said he'd like to be, adding "I think maybe this has gone further than anyone's taken it before". He touted the GOP-crafted tax overhaul law, regulations his administration has terminated, and the "many, many (conservative) judges going on to the bench" across the country.

Trump was adamant that he would proceed with the planned import penalties but said he will do "it in a very loving way", despite mounting opposition from Republicans and world leaders.

"With North Korea, I believe that they trust us", Lofven said.

"Because we'll counteract whatever they do". "They came out, they went to the Olympics, they went in very good spirit".

Speaking at a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Trump repeated his belief that the United States would win in a trade war. CNN also reported that Trump appears to be sowing discord within his current ranks. Called paper. Not highly complex computers. 'I love Sweden. Great country, great people, I love Sweden, but they understand I'm right. And North Korean leadership even expressed a willingness to have talks with the United States in hopes of normalizing the relationship.

The news conference also provided Trump an opportunity to weigh in on upcoming talks between North Korea and South Korea, which were announced Tuesday.

The Senate's intelligence panel has made a point of distancing itself from its House counterpart, which has been embroiled in a nasty partisan fight centered on two competing surveillance memos.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers Trump was trying to balance protections for beleaguered steel and aluminum producers while "making sure that we don't do undue harm to the economy".

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