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Swedish prime minister criticizes Trump's tariff proposal right in front of him

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Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 10:30

The Swedish visit comes after Trump announced new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, prompting concerns of a trade war.

Trump said that the European Union has been "particularly tough" on USA products, yet is able to sell its own goods such as cars to Americans.

"If you put a 10 percent tariff on aluminum, it's a cent and a half on a six pack of beer and it's $25,000 on a $330 million (Boeing777)", Navarro says.

The president went on to say that he "likes conflict" and people with "different points of view", adding that there will be some people that will change but that they "always change".

"But again, (with) other countries, we won't have that choice". It is a move that is publicly opposed by leaders in Trump's own party. Putin said they didn't work on behalf of his government.

It's the latest indication of resistance to Trump's plan by Republicans in Congress.

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.

President Trump will meet with the Prime Minister of Sweden followed by a joint press conference.

The top USA defense intelligence official said Tuesday that it's not just Russian Federation but China too that is seeking faster, futuristic weapons to challenge America's know-how of state-of-the-art military technology.

Trump criticized the European Union for making it hard for USA companies to do business there, but said any tariffs on European good would be imposed in a "very, very loving way".

"No, because we'll counteract whatever they do", Trump said, going on to encourage states to include an analog backup to avoid attempts to hack electronic systems. "It's called paper. Not highly complex computers, paper".

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with steel and aluminum executives in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Washington.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday declined to say whether he had any preconditions for talks with North Korea and said there had been progress with the country.

Lofven offered a warning of sorts to the USA president, saying: "I am convinced that increased tariffs hurt us all in the long run". Wrong!" Trump wrote. "People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision.

Of the possibility for peacefully resolving the nations' deep differences, he said: "It'd be a great thing for the world, would be a great for North Korea, it would be a great thing for the peninsula".

During the press conference, a reporter asked if Trump believed North Korea was honest or just buying time and wondered who deserved credit for its willingness to talk.