Trump escalates trade war rhetoric with threat of European auto tariffs

Thursday, 08 Mar, 2018

"To what do you owe the recent openness to talk, me", Trump said during a Tuesday press conference with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

Russia special counsel Robert Mueller last month indicted 13 Russians and three organizations for meddling in the presidential election - and Moscow claimed Monday to have evidence the US has attempted to interfere in its forthcoming presidential vote. "Probably there was meddling from other countries", Trump said during a news conference alongside Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

Asked whether he was concerned Russian Federation could have an effect on the midterms, Trump insisted the U.S. would prevent any election interference efforts. "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".

Trump didn't give more specifics on how his administration would do that but did recommend states use a paper backup system to maintain voting integrity. Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committee member Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., asked Coats on Tuesday.

President Trump threatened to slap tariffs on European cars on Tuesday, the latest escalation of trade disputes amid a growing concerns that his steel and aluminum tariffs could evolve into a full-blown trade war. "We'll find out", Trump said.

The subject of Trump's controversial plans to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminium was also on the agenda.

"E$3 ven when Congress acts, it seems like this administration sometimes ignores Congress's direction", Warner said.

"The only way we're going to get results is going to be to have an offensive capability that makes them think twice about interfering", Rounds said.

President Donald Trump is citing "possible progress" in talks with North Korea, but says it may also be "false hope". "They don't fear us". "People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision".

Vice President Mike Pence says the US will not alter its stance toward North Korea without evidence of credible, verifiable and concrete steps toward denuclearization.

"We're in very close contact".

President Trump addressed potential talks with the North Koreans while welcoming Sweden's prime minister in the Oval Office. He spoke highly of old-fashioned paper ballots as tough to hack and said he would counteract whatever Russian Federation tries to do.

In the hearing Tuesday, Coats and the senators also touched on the security clearance held by Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and top adviser who recently lost his access to the nation's deepest secrets.

The Senate's intelligence panel has made a point of distancing itself from its House counterpart, which has been embroiled in a nasty partisan fight centered on two competing surveillance memos.

"The EU has been particularly tough on the United States".