During a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Tuesday, President Donald Trump talked about upcoming elections and revealed the ultimate safeguard against Russian meddling: paper.
“You have to be very vigilant,” Trump said. “One of the things we’re learning is it’s always good — it’s old-fashioned, but it’s always good — to have a paper backup system of voting. It’s called paper. Not highly complex computers. Paper.”
Trump explained that his administration endorses the use of paper and is “studying it closely” as part of a sophisticated effort to “counteract” Russian interference.
But the president didn’t just sing the praises of paper products as a counterintelligence strategy. He also reminded reporters of his administration’s achievements and assured everyone of his expectation that the November midterm elections will favor Republicans.
“I think we’re going to do very well,” he said. “And I think it will be a tremendous surprise to people how well. The economy is so good, jobs are so good. Black unemployment, Hispanic unemployment at all-time lows. We’re really doing well.”
Löfven reiterated Trump’s call for better safeguards to detect election interference but didn’t specifically mention the power of paper.
“The result of the election in the country should be decided by nobody else but the voters in that country,” Löfven said. “That is our stance. That is why our intelligence agency now also increase in their own capacity to detect and counter whether it’s hacker attacks or financing or producing or spreading propaganda, whatever it is.”
The Swedish prime minister emphasized the importance of calling out foreign powers intent on meddling in the elections of other countries and signaled the cooperation between the U.S. and Sweden on multiple fronts, even if he didn’t share Trump’s seemingly Luddite tendencies.
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