Bolton: Trump Sought 2020 Reelection Help From China's President
According to former national security adviser John Bolton’s new book, President Donald Trump directly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping last year to purchase U.S. agricultural products in order to help him win reelection in 2020.
The Washington Post reports:
During a one-on-one meeting at the June 2019 Group of 20 summit in Japan, Xi complained to Trump about China critics in the United States. But Bolton writes in a book scheduled to be released next week that “Trump immediately assumed Xi meant the Democrats. Trump said approvingly that there was great hostility among the Democrats.
“He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” Bolton writes. “He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise.”
Bolton recounted the exchange in his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” which The Post noted “comes amid ongoing warnings from U.S. intelligence agencies about foreign election interference in November, as Russia did to favor Trump in 2016.”
Trump’s “request for electoral assistance from Xi is just one of many instances described by Bolton in which Trump seeks favors or approval from authoritarian leaders,” the newspaper reported, adding that Bolton claims “Many of those same leaders were also happy to take advantage of the U.S. president and attempt to manipulate him.”
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in an attempt to block publication of the book, “alleging that it contains classified material”; however, “Bolton’s attorney has said the book does not contain classified material and that it underwent an arduous review process.”