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WATCH: Trump, Sweden’s prime minister speak at joint news conference

WASHINGTON — 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.

The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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