Trump: Won't Allow Russia To Influence 2018, 2020 Elections; "It's Called Paper" Ballots


President Trump responded to a question from a Swedish journalist about Russian election interference during a press conference with Swedish PM Tuesday at the White House. Trump said the administration is doing a "deep study" of Russian methods and would have "strong suggestions" to protect elections and "counteract whatever they do."

"We haven't been given credit for this, but we've actually been working very hard on the '18 election and the '20 election coming up," Trump said.

The Swedish reporter asked Trump what he thinks Sweden can learn from the Russian influence campaign in 2016 ahead of its own election. Trump replied: "The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever, but certainly there was meddling."

"And probably there was meddling from other countries, and maybe other individuals."

"I think you have to be really watching very closely, you don't want your system of votes to be compromised in any way," he added. "We won't allow that to happen, we're doing a very deep study, and we're coming out with some very strong suggestions on the '18 election."

Next, he said he expects Republicans to "do very well" in 2018, and listed several reasons before getting back to the topic of Russia and elections.

"And one of the things we're learning is --it is always good-- it is old-fashioned, but it is always good to have a paper backup system of voting," the president said. "It is called paper, not highly complex computers."

"Various agencies including Homeland Security are studying it very carefully," he said.

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