The Russia house: Trump blusters, America suffers


President Donald Trump and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House March 6, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

But in response to a question from a Swedish reporter, Trump said he had no concerns about Russian meddling in the midterms, and again insisted that the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 election had no bearing on the outcome.

While Trump conceded that there was "certainly" meddling, he offered the caveat that "other countries, maybe other individuals", and not just Russian Federation, may have been involved.

"When we're behind on every single country, trade wars aren't so bad", Trump said, apparently referring to the being "behind" due to trade deficits.

President Trump Tuesday appeared to make a concession to reality: "Certainly there was meddling" in the 2016 presidential elections, he said.

Trump says: "We'll counteract whatever they do". Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, also told the Senate on Tuesday that he expected Treasury to place sanctions on Russian Federation soon because of the election.

The United States holds mid-term elections in November and a presidential election in 2020. Critics say that move could trigger a trade war.

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"We've seen Russian bots and activities stirring up people on both sides of the gun debate after the shootings in Florida", the Virginia lawmaker said.

It's why he's proposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

"I like conflict. I like having two people with two points of view", Trump said when asked about the internal strife during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Asked whether he wishes he'd handled the accusations about Russian interference differently ahead of the 2016 elections, McConnell said, "No, I'm perfectly comfortable with the steps that were taken back then". Löfven insisted that free trade is important for the European Union, but Trump appeared unwavering in his decision and said the European Union had been unfair and tough towards the US.

Putin added in Wednesday's remarks he was disappointed in the US political system, which he said has "demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating itself up".

Trump shared the stage Tuesday with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and, as is traditional, each leader called on two journalists. "It's old fashioned... it's called paper".

The news conference also provided Trump an opportunity to weigh in on upcoming talks between North Korea and South Korea, which were announced Tuesday. Its home-country automaker Volvo sold almost 83,000 models in the fiscal 2016, making it the company's second biggest market behind China. "People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision". He said Sweden, which has an embassy in Pyongyang, is willing to help the United States and other "key actors" in negotiations.