Now, Trump's organizational dysfunction, which crescendoed over the last month, appears to be reaching an apex-or, at least, a new plateau of zaniness.
Vice President Mike Pence says the USA will not alter its stance toward North Korea without evidence of credible, verifiable and concrete steps toward denuclearization. "So we are doing tariffs on steel".
Trump's proposal has raised alarm about a potential trade war that could negatively impact American industry and jobs. It's a fraction of what it once was.
The president has since insisted his policy, which could be rolled out this week, would not start a trade war with global allies, despite calling such trade wars "good" this past weekend.
"We've seen Russian bots and activities stirring up people on both sides of the gun debate after the shootings in Florida", the Virginia lawmaker said.
The response is "in process", and the White House is "actively engaged", Coats said, adding it's a "high priority" led by the offices of Thomas Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, and Rob Joyce, cybersecurity coordinator for the National Security Council. "Absolutely. There's an openness now", Perdue said.
The president also expressed support for paper ballots as a "back up" to electronic voting machines in order to mitigate and prevent fraud. And I think it's the best way to go.
But those views sounded more like wishful thinking after Trump's news conference, in which he reiterated his plans to impose the tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports.More news: There's a Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow
"For me, it is crucially important that we have this free trade", he said.
Trump said his administration is conducting a deep study and will have strong suggestions on protecting the midterms and beyond.
Trump also doubled down on the idea that the situation with North Korea should have been handled years ago.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and.
The news conference also provided Trump an opportunity to weigh in on upcoming talks between North Korea and South Korea, which were announced Tuesday.
"The trade war hurts them it doesn't hurt us", he added.
"The United States has been taken advantage of by other countries, both friendly and not so friendly", Trump said, singling out the European Union in particular, saying barriers on trade made it hard for U.S. goods to enter the bloc.
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.