Trump says USA will `counteract´ any Russian meddling in 2018 elections

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the Oval Office of the White House Tuesday

Trump: I'm Not Worried About Russia Meddling in 2018 Election

"They can do whatever they like, but if they do that then we put a big tax of 25% on their cars and believe me they won;t be doing that very long".

"The European Union has been particularly tough on the United States, they make it nearly impossible for us to do business with them and yet they send their cars and everything else back into the United States", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US Tuesday.

"The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever".

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".

"We have president said Tuesday he embraces the tension".

Four reasons Trump is hanging tough on trade
Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium will only come off if new & fair Nafta agreement is signed", Trump tweeted on Monday. On Friday, Trump defended the proposed tariffs, arguing that in certain circumstances , "trade wars are good".

For his part, Trump argued on Tuesday that a trade war wouldn't be "so bad," adding that he would ensure the tariffs were implemented "in a very loving way". You don't want your system of votes to be compromised in any way. "So we'll see what happens".

"You have to be very vigilant". One of the things [with] voting [is] called paper. Called paper. Not highly complex computers. However, the State Department's fact sheet goes on to point out that the country is also "one of the largest investors on a per capita basis". "They're going to a paper back-up. Wrong! People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision". We're studying it very closely.

Last week, Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, the next head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, also has told the Senate committee that nations including China and Russian Federation that launch cyberattacks against the U.S. don't fear retribution and see no reason to change their behavior.

It was also revealed this week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's department had been allotted $120 million to combat Russian election meddling - but had not spent any of it.

But Trump did hint that he was open to negotiating if the European Union removed some of its "horrible barriers", though he didn't mention specifics.

Last week, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers told lawmakers that Trump had not specifically granted him the authority to combat Russia's interference.

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