US ready for trade war says US President Donald Trump

Marsha Scott
March 8, 2018

We'll counteract it very strongly.

"It's tough", the president said at a joint session with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

Returning to election security, Trump endorsed the idea of paper backups for electronic balloting.

Trump again said he believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 race, but he again said other countries or individuals also could have tried to interfere.

Putin added in Wednesday's remarks he was disappointed in the USA political system, which he said has "demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating itself up". "I think it's better for the European Union and US to find some way to cooperate in order to deal with the situation".

"You don't want your system of votes to be compromised in any way", Trump said. "We'll see what happens".

"They can do whatever they like, but if they do that, then we put a big tax of 25 percent on their cars, and believe me, they won't be doing it very long", Trump said.

"You have to be very vigilant". Not highly complex computers.

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A lot of states are doing that, he said. Putin said they didn't work on behalf of his government. And I think it's the best way to go.

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.

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.

Trump's comments came hours after Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned lawmakers of the continuing cyber threat that Russian Federation poses to the USA electoral system. On Capitol Hill earlier in the day, the nation's intelligence chiefs went into detail before the Senate Armed Services Committee about Russia's focus on disrupting USA elections.

The president's pledge for action, which would be in line with a one of his campaign promises, came after House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin called for a "more surgical approach" that would help avert a potentially unsafe trade war.

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.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who questioned Coats, called the security clearance process "defective" and said he has written to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House counsel Don McGahn seeking a full explanation of how clearances are issued.

Adm. Mike Rogers, the outgoing director of both the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency, said the U.S. response to Russian Federation has not been strong enough to change Moscow's activities.

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