08 March, 2018
US President Trump says there was in interference by Russian Federation and possibly by other countries in the 2016 US election, and the country will prevent any attempt at meddling in the November 2018 elections.
"The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever", said Trump, who has repeatedly played down the Russian influence and has strongly rejected allegations of collusion between his election campaign and Moscow.
"But, certainly there was meddling, and probably there was meddling from other countries, and maybe other individuals", he said.
At a press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven, Trump took a question about what both countries could do to ensure election integrity in 2018.
He also said he's not concerned about Russian Federation interfering with the 2018 midterm elections because his administration will push back on any attempts to do so. "We're going to straighten it out and we'll do it in a very loving way", Trump said. "And one of the things we're learning it is always good - it's old-fashioned - but it's always good to have a paper backup system of voting".
This week, it was revealed the US State Department has yet to use tens of millions of dollars in funding that lawmakers allocated to counter Russian misinformation and propaganda, even as intelligence chiefs have warned that Russia is actively targeting the 2018 midterm elections. Trump said his statements on this is not new.
"We are going to do very well in the 18 election, although historically those in the White House have a little bit of a dip. It's tough", he said.
"You have to be very vigilant", Trump said. Not highly complex computers.More news: YouTube Hiring for Some Positions Excluded White and Asian Males, Lawsuit Says
"Clearly what we have done hasn't been enough", Rogers said. But I like watching it.
Trump downplayed the risks of a trade war on Tuesday, and said his proposals wouldn't be draconian.
President Donald Trump has welcomed Sweden's prime minister to the White House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said there was concern Trump's plan could lead to such disruptive turmoil. 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.
"I really believe they are honest".
The president's pledge for action, which would be in line with a one of his campaign promises, came after House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin called for a "more surgical approach" that would help avert a potentially risky trade war.
Earlier in the day, North Korea and South Korea announced an apparent breakthrough in talks.
He again took aim at the European Union, saying the EU makes "it nearly impossible for us to do business with them" while threatening a 25 percent tax on EU cars. "They can do more but I think they've done more than they've ever done for our country before", Trump said.