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 USA has attempted to interfere in its forthcoming presidential vote.
"They can do more", he said, "but I think they've done more than, certainly, they've ever done for our country before".
President defends plans for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, says the USA has been mistreated for years.
"The Olympics was not going well, and when they came in, out of the blue, saying 'we'd love to participate in the Olympics, ' it made the Olympics very successful", he said.
The president - seemingly out of the blue, as he often does - also touted a potential alternative to hacks of electronic voting systems: "It's called paper", he said, noting some states have non-electronic backup plans.
The United States holds mid-term elections in November and a presidential election in 2020. "We are not looking to get into trade wars", Mnuchin said, adding that he is "supportive" of imposing the duties.
"We have president said Tuesday he embraces the tension".
President Donald Trump on Tuesday asserted that he likes and wants "conflict" among his aides in the White House, as he pushed back against reports of a dysfunctional West Wing. "We are a military non-aligned country and I think if the president and the key actors decide they want us to help out we'll be there", he said.
"We're studying it very closely", he added.
He also said that the U.S.is "our most important foreign employer" adding that many USA companies play a vital role in providing investments and jobs in Sweden.
At a press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven, Trump took a question about what both countries could do to ensure election integrity in 2018.
"I believe that they trust us". He spoke highly of old-fashioned paper ballots as tough to hack and said he would counteract whatever Russian Federation tries to do.
The news conference also provided Trump an opportunity to weigh in on upcoming talks between North Korea and South Korea, which were announced Tuesday. I like having two people with different points of view. Its home-country automaker Volvo sold almost 83,000 models in the U.S.in fiscal 2016, making it the company's second biggest market behind China. And North Korean leadership even expressed a willingness to have talks with the United States in hopes of normalizing the relationship.