Five takeaways from President Trump's news conference with Sweden's prime minister

President Trump and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven hold a joint press conference at the White House on Tuesday

Speaking in a joint press conference alongside Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Trump said the United States has been treated unfairly by other countries in trade situations, specifically citing barriers put in place by the European Union.

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.

Trump has been upset at previously negotiated trade deals he said have hurt the US economy and cost manufacturing jobs.

Neither the Trump administration nor any of the three congressional committees looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election has yet publicly released recommendations, legislation, or other policy instructions for how states ought to contend with the threat the intelligence community has warned Russia will pose to the 2018 midterm elections. "One of the things we're learning is that it's always good, it's old-fashioned, but it's always good to have a paper backup system", he said.

On Tuesday, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told a Senate committee that it's "highly likely" that Russian Federation will be "doing something" in the 2018 midterms, "we just don't know how much and when and where".

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

The subject of Trump's controversial plans to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminium was also on the agenda. "I would say right now they do not think much will happen to them", he said of Russian Federation during his confirmation hearing last week. This should have been handled over many years by many different administrations.

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Trump was adamant that he would proceed with the planned import penalties but said he will do "it in a very loving way", despite mounting opposition from Republicans and world leaders.

"We'll counteract whatever they do". And he was also overruled when Trump made a decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. "[Other countries will] like us better and they will respect us much more". He spoke highly of old-fashioned paper ballots as tough to hack and said he would counteract whatever Russian Federation tries to do.

At the time, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, the same politician who was visiting the White House Tuesday, said he was "surprised" by Trump's comments.

"We're studying it very closely", he added.

Trump praised Sweden for being "terrific" in its interactions with North Korea before joking he was responsible for North Korea's recent willingness to negotiate. It also acts as a protecting power for the U.S. in the country.

"And I think that's a great idea". He said Sweden, which has an embassy in Pyongyang, is willing to help the United States and other "key actors" in negotiations.

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