President Trump holds a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister

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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.

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.

"I did not understand it to be said in the context of Russian influence in the elections", Coats said. When were down by USD 30 billion, USD 40 billion, USD 60 billion, USD 100 billion, the trade war hurts them. In some cases, we lose on trade, plus, we give them military, where were subsidising them tremendously. The US trades more than $1 trillion in goods and services with the European Union. We have these massive deficit numbers in our country. He told reporters that hopefully it will go in a "very peaceful and attractive path" and it would be "a great thing for the world". It will be in a loving, loving way.

"'Everybody wants to be there, and they love this White House, ' @POTUS says, disputing known challenges administration has in recruiting new personnel for West Wing as exodus publicly chronicled", The Hill's Alexis Simendinger tweeted. "We won't allow that to happen". So China doesnt send us two percent; they send us a much, much higher level than that, but its called transshipping.

"I think its important for us to try to find a way to cooperate between the European Union and the USA", said Lofven. "I don't think this is a threat to our national security". "We can not let it happen", Trump said. He also said the list would go beyond those 13 names in the indictment.

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But, he added, "I think they are honest also because [of] the sanctions". "Probably there was meddling from other countries", Trump said.

Trump said the United States has been taken advantage of by "friendly and not-so-friendly countries" saying the European Union has been particularly tough on the USA when responding to Lofven's comments on tariffs. Only a few people in the room chuckled quietly, prompting the president to add "nobody got that". In fact, according to the State Department, "Sweden is the 15th largest investor in the USA", not the eighth.

Trump said his statements on this is not new. "And we can't lose our aluminum industry, also a fraction of what it once was". "Let's see what happens", he said.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.