The president made the remarks at a press conference with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden. If EU countries do not alter their trade tactics, Trump said the 25 percent steel tariff will apply to the automobiles they sell in America.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joined.
"This is the same old thing they've been saying for weeks", he told reporters at a weekly briefing.
The comments come less than a week after Trump announced that the U.S. will impose new tariffs, which function as a tax on imports, on steel and aluminum and make no exception for close allies such as Canada and the EU. Now, Trump's organizational dysfunction, which crescendoed over the last month, appears to be reaching an apex-or, at least, a new plateau of zaniness.
The US is the second-largest destination for Swedish steel.
But then he also predicted a peaceful resolution to any trade dispute: "We're going to straighten it out, and we'll do it in a very loving way". It's a fraction of what it once was.
"Probably there was meddling from other countries", Trump said during a news conference alongside Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
"I'll give the president credit if he is at least acknowledging that Russian Federation is a threat", Sen.
"It seems not well targeted", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said.
Pres. Trump on White House turmoil: "Everybody wants to work in the White House". "Absolutely. There's an openness now", Perdue said. "They want a piece of the West Wing", Trump said.
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.
But the proposal was met with opposition from the Swedish leader, who stressed that his nation's wealth has been "built on cooperation, competitiveness and free trade" - not increased trade barriers.
The news conference also provided Trump an opportunity to weigh in on upcoming talks between North Korea and South Korea, which were announced Tuesday. It also acts as a protecting power for the United States in the country. "We won't allow that to happen", Trump said.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and talked about how much he wanted to improve Washington's chilly relationship with Moscow ties. The president is headlining a Saturday rally in support of Rick Saccone, who is battling Democrat Conor Lamb in the Republican-leaning district.
"The White House has tremendous energy".
Trump is citing his power to impose limits on commodities necessary for national security. But he has also tried to use them as leverage in the current talks to revise NAFTA.
"For me leading a small country, depending on open trade, the best way for us is to do that with others", he said.
Any U.S. trade protections will be done "in a loving, loving way", Trump said.
That approach has anxious some lawmakers, who say the administration isn't doing enough to prevent election interference in the future. "Clearly what we have done hasn't been enough".
Republicans have suggested they may try to undercut the tariffs if Trump goes ahead with them.
After Trump defended his tariff proposal as necessary, Lofven doubled down. "I like conflict. I like having two people with two points of view", Trump said during the Tuesday presser.