Trump says USA will 'counteract' Russian Federation meddling

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Washington.

House Speaker Paul Ryan?said Tuesday he is urging President Donald Trump to "take a more surgical approach" on his plan to put tariffs on steel and aluminum "so we do not have unintended consequences".

Trump tweets Tuesday: "The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House".

European Union leaders said they would retaliate with tariffs on US imports of bluejeans, bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. And he's not afraid to threaten a tariff against a country whose leader is standing right next to him.

So it's no surprise this looming trade war between the United States and one of its allies dominated the joint press conference. "As a Swede, I of course support the efforts of the European Union to achieve trade with fewer obstacles and as few as possible".

"The United States has been taken advantage of by other countries, both friendly and not so friendly", Trump said, singling out the European Union in particular, saying barriers on trade made it hard for USA goods to enter the bloc.


The US has a $566 billion trade deficit; it has about an $800 billion deficit in goods, but a surplus of about $240 billion in services. Trump was responding to a question from a Swedish journalist about what her country could learn from the American experience in 2016. We'll counteract it very strongly.

"There will be people, I won't be specific, but there will be people that change", Trump said.

It's not quite clear exactly what Trump is referring to in his remarks. "So many people want to come and I have a choice of anybody".

Trump suggested that when the United States suffers billion-dollar trade deficits, "the trade war hurts them, it doesn't hurt us". "We won't allow that to happen. And I'm convinced that increased tariffs will hurt us all in the long run".

Lövfen said the situation has gotten better as the country has adapted and other European Union countries have begun accepting more refugees.

He added that while he understands and and respects Trump's view that he has to look after his own country, "for me leading a small country, depending on open trade, the best way for us is to do that with others".

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