Trump says Russian Federation had 'no impact' on 2016 election votes

Trump says Russian Federation had 'no impact' on 2016 election votes

President Donald Trump says he's not anxious about Russian Federation meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.

"And we have backup systems, and we haven't been given credit [for] this but we're working very hard on the '18 election and the '20 election coming up", Trump said at the White House during a joint news conference with Sweden's prime minister, Stefan Löfven.

"I think they're honest also because of the sanctions and what we're doing with respect to North Korea", Trump said.

"I am convinced that increased tariffs will hurt us all in the long run", Löfven said during a bilateral press conference with Trump in the East Room of the White House.

Just a couple of hours later, news broke that Gary Cohn, one of Trump's top economic advisers, is leaving the administration, after apparently losing an internal struggle over steel and aluminum tariffs.

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Trump downplayed the risks of a trade war on Tuesday, and said his proposals wouldn't be draconian.

"Because we'll counteract whatever they do. We'll find out", Trump said.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump tweeted about news reports of chaos in the White House.

Trump, who has previously blasted Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election, slammed Sessions last week for appointing an "Obama guy" to lead the investigation into potential "massive" surveillance abuses.

Trump and Lfven also spoke about trade, with Trump saying he planned to move ahead with tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, noting that the US has always been "mistreated" by trade deals. "I think it's the best way to go".

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"They make it nearly impossible for us to do business with them and yet they send their cars and everything else back to the United States", he said.

"I hope they're honest", the president said at a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. We're studying it very closely.

Trump clearly does not agree.

Löfven says he had inherited legislation that was "not sustainable" when it came to refugees and says he worked to reduce the number allowed into his country. "I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection)", he wrote. Warmbier died shortly after being returned to the U.S. The U.S. has no formal diplomatic relations with North Korea. "I was one of the first ones to say it".

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