Ex-White House adviser claims president asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help him get reelected
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has made contact with various world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, for his own political conclusions, said Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton.
In an article published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal, Bolton writes that during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires in 2018, Trump asked Xi Jinping to increase purchases of US agricultural products to help him get votes in farm states in the elections November 2020 in exchange for a reduction in duties on Chinese goods.
Bolton writes that during the G20 summit in Japanese Osaka on June 29, 2019, Xi Jinping told Trump that Sino-US relations are the most important in the world.
According to Bolton, Trump “unexpectedly turned the topic of the upcoming US presidential election, asking Xi Jinping to do everything to win.”
The same description of the meeting between Trump and Xi Jinping is contained in Bolton’s 592-page book, “The Room Where It Happened.” Memoirs from the White House ”(The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir), copies of which were obtained by the New York Times and the Washington Post.
“He (Trump) emphasized the importance of farmers and China’s increased purchases of soy and wheat for the outcome of the election. I would quote Trump’s exact words, but the government’s preliminary screening of the publication decided otherwise, ”the former presidential adviser said.
It is planned that the book will go on sale next week, but it was in the center of legal battles. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit that could stop its publication. The administration claims that Bolton violated the non-disclosure agreement and poses a threat to national security.
In a conversation with reporters in the White House on Tuesday, Trump said that Bolton’s book is a pretext for bringing “to criminal liability”.
“For me, this is a very serious criminal problem,” Trump said. “He knows that he has classified information.” Any conversation with me is secret, but it gets even worse if he lies about this conversation. ”
Trump and Attorney General William Barr claim the Bolton manuscript verification process is not completed.
White House spokeswoman Kaylee Mackenani said at a briefing on Wednesday that Bolton “should be well aware that it is impossible to communicate strictly classified information received from the US government in a book to be published.”
In his book, Bolton writes that the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives was supposed to expand the investigation into Trump’s impeachment in 2019, not limited to the question of whether the US president put pressure on the Ukrainian leader to find incriminating evidence on his likely rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, in exchange for military assistance.
Bolton resigned last September after disagreeing with the president over foreign policy decisions related to Iran, North Korea, Ukraine and attempts to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban on Afghanistan. The president said he fired Bolton.
Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday issued a statement in connection with the publication of the book of Bolton.
“It was clear then and more than ever now that voting for Donald Trump’s conviction and his removal from office was an absolutely correct vote. The revelations in Bolton’s book present the cowardly actions of the Republicans in the Senate in an even worse light, and history will condemn them for it, ”he said.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, presidential adviser Kellianne Conway said Bolton’s book is “full of factual errors.”
“It’s great and wonderful that now you all have become John Bolton’s supporters,” she told reporters, rejecting the idea of verifying the allegations in the book. – It is very cute”.