Trump “pleaded” China’s help in re-election, supported Uighur crackdown

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United States President Donald Trump “pleaded” with his Chinese counterpart in the G-20 summit to help him win the reelection 2020, reported The Washington Post, quoting the yet-to-be-published book by Mr. Trump’s former National Security Advisor, John Bolton. In a discreet meeting, Mr. Trump had extended his support to Xi Jinping’s crackdown on ethnic minorities, Uighur Muslims, in China’s Xinjiang province, writes Mr. Bolton.

“According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which he thought was exactly the right thing to do,” Mr. Bolton quotes the US President. “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by re-election calculations,” Mr. Bolton writes.

The most vivid first-person account of Mr. Trump and his conduct, the 577-page book, titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” laid bare the Trump administration.  The book is set to be released Tuesday by Simon & Schuster on 23 June. It has been the subject of a lengthy battle between Bolton and the White House.

The White House has said the forthcoming book by Bolton is “full of classified information” and the Department of Justice has sought a temporary restraining order blocking its release.

Excerpts from the book were carried by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

“This book is full of classified information, which is inexcusable. Former national security adviser John Bolton should know all too well that it’s unacceptable to have highly classified information from the government of the United States in a book that will be published. It’s unacceptable. It has not gone through the review process, and that’s where we currently stand,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a news conference.

In the meeting with Mr. Jinping, “Trump then raised the trade negotiations’ collapse the previous month, urging China to return to the positions it had retracted and conclude the most exciting, largest deal ever. He proposed that for the remaining USD350 billion of trade imbalances (by Trump’s arithmetic), the US would not impose tariffs, but he again returned to importuning Xi to buy as many American farm products as China could,” wrote Mr. Bolton.

Soon thereafter, former vice-president Joe Biden, who is the Democratic Presidential nominee, slammed Mr. Trump: “Donald Trump’s behaviour disgraces the American presidency. We knew that long before today’s revelations. And my message to China’s leaders or anyone else who President Trump might invite to interfere: stay out of our democracy. Stay out of our elections. The American people alone will decide the future of this country, and I am confident in the choice they will make.”

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