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The Latest: Trump hails long US partnership with Sweden

The Latest: Trump hails long US partnership with Sweden
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Sweden (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump is hailing Sweden as one of America’s oldest and closest partners.

Trump’s remarks follow meetings Tuesday at the White House with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

Trump mentioned that his daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, recently watched the U.S. defeat Sweden’s men’s curling team at the Olympic Games last month in South Korea.

The president is also thanking Sweden for help winning the release last year of Virginia college student Otto Warmbier, who had been detained in North Korea. Warmbier died shortly after being returned to the U.S. The U.S. has no formal diplomatic relations with North Korea.

Lofven notes that the U.S. and Sweden are celebrating 200 years of diplomatic relations.

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2:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump has welcomed Sweden’s prime minister to the White House.

Speaking with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in the Oval Office, Trump says the relationship is “strong” and the countries are working closely on countering terrorism and other issues.

The White House has said the two will discuss trade and security during Tuesday’s meetings. Trump will also meet with Swedish business representatives.

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

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