No chaos in White House, says Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday that Russian Federation and "other countries" meddled in the 2016 presidential election that brought him to power, but vowed to make sure it would not happen again.

Trump explained that his administration endorses the use of paper and is "studying it closely" as part of a sophisticated effort to "counteract" Russian interference. Certainly there was meddling. When asked about urging from Republican leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that he back away from his pledge to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum, Trump was defiant, repeating a frequent claim from the campaign trail and even earlier that the USA has been taken advantage of by other countries.

As to whether he is anxious about Russian interference in the 2018 elections, "No", said Trump. "We're going to straighten it out and we'll do it in a very loving way", Trump said. "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. We're going to straighten it out, and we'll do it in a very loving way.

Trump on Tuesday dismissed the notion his team was unraveling, saying he likes conflicts among his aides and that he has his pick of top talent for West Wing jobs.

He also addressed recent news reports that the White House is in a perpetual state of chaos, saying "it's a great place to work" with "great energy". "We really have no choice", Trump said in response to a question.

"You have to be very vigilant", Trump said.

So China doesn't send us two percent; they send us a much, much higher level than that, but it's called transshipping. "Everybody wants to work for me", he said. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. "I don't think he's reconsidering, but I think he's trying to figure out what his best step is forward". We're studying it very closely. "I've conveyed that to the President", the PM said.

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In it, she rejected as "unacceptable" proposals from Brussels to keep customs union arrangements in Northern Ireland . But Sturgeon said May could solve many of these problems by remaining inside the single market and customs union.

Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, who opposes the tariffs, said after meeting Tuesday with White House chief of staff John Kelly that the administration was willing to consider his views.

Trump said there will be people that always change. "And we are having strong backup systems", he said. 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 can't believe I made that statement", before I got elected.

Unlike the United States, Sweden has a diplomatic relationship with North Korea.

Trump also expanded on his threat over the weekend to that the US would "apply a Tax on their Cars" in the European Union in retaliation for the proposed countermeasures.

After intelligence officials concluded that Russian hackers breached the DNC in the summer of 2016, then-candidate Trump said, "I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China".

  • Megan Austin