The President of the United States, Donald Trump, “tried to get China’s president Xi Jinping to help him win re-election in 2020,,” ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton revealed in his new book set to be released next week.
Trump met with Xi Jinping at a summit last June when he “turned the conversation to the US presidential election, allegedly suggesting to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” former national security adviser Bolton revealed in his new book set to be released next week.
In details of the forthcoming book, Mr. Bolton claims Trump wanted China to buy agricultural produce from US farmers thereby influencing farmers to vote for the president
Part published by The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Bolton writes that Trump stressed the importance of America’s farmers and how “increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat” could impact the electoral outcome in the United States.
Bolton added that during a one-on-one meeting at the June 2019 Group of 20 summits in Japan, China’s President, Xi complained to Trump about China’s critics in the US. He said Trump immediately assumed Xi meant the Democrats. Trump then said that there was great opposition among the Democrats.
According to the book; “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 wins,” Bolton wrote.”
In the book, Bolton also reportedly writes reasons why he didn’t testify against Trump in his impeachment trial last year
The Trump administration is trying to prevent publication of the book claiming in legal documents that the book contains “classified information” .
In January, the White House said it contained “top secret” details, which must be removed, Mr Bolton rejected the assertion and has been trying to get the book vetted by the National Security Council.