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Trump shakes hands with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump on Tuesday reaffirmed his plans to place tariffs on steel and aluminum, despite pushback from Republicans, industry leaders and threats of retaliation from European Union. He made the announcement during a White House press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

What they said: Trump said the country has been taken advantage of and mistreated, and the European Union "makes it almost impossible" to do business with them. He later said, 'Trade wars aren't so bad." Meanwhile, Löfven warned that "increased tariffs will hurt all of us in the long run."

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Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.

The emerging cybersecurity headaches awaiting Biden

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The incoming administration will face a slew of cybersecurity-related challenges, as Joe Biden takes office under a very different environment than existed when he was last in the White House as vice president.

The big picture: President-elect Biden's top cybersecurity and national security advisers will have to wrestle with the ascendancy of new adversaries and cyberpowers, as well as figure out whether to continue the more aggressive stance the Trump administration has taken in cyberspace.