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Past the Ukraine scandal, Bolton says Trump sought assist from China for re-election

The Ukraine scandal, which sparked a political firestorm and months of impeachment investigation, may not have been a one-off deviation, but part of a larger pattern for US President Donald Trump to adjust foreign policy to support his reelection offer, as evidenced by new predecessor bombings emerges national security adviser John Bolton.

In a new anthology on his time in the Trump White House, Bolton claims that the president asked his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for his help to secure Trump's re-election and to help American farmers in swing countries with cheap trade deals.

This is part of a series of harmful allegations that Bolton has made against the President in a new case Wall Street Journal op-ed and other reports based on pre-copies of his upcoming memoir, The Room Where It Happened, with Bolton following a violent legal battle with the White House over whether his book could be published in its current form against his former Boss swung.

Bolton is reportedly spending much of the 592-page book on his former boss's foreign policy misdeeds. He said the wrongdoing in the White House included Trump's willingness to end investigations against state-owned Turkish bank Halkbank and China's ZTE companies to preserve the good graces of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Xi. According to Bolton, these steps focused on securing his re-election. "It is difficult for me to identify a major Trump decision during my term in the White House that was not driven by re-election calculations," Bolton wrote in the journal op-ed. The former national security adviser's concern about Trump's practices eventually led him to seek a meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr, according to a copy of the book received by the New York Times.

Some presidential historians have suggested that Trump's apparent blending of US politics with his personal political interests has been unprecedented in American history. "There were corrupt presidents," said Joseph Ellis, a historian who has won both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his work. “The Republicans tend to be corrupt about money, and the Democrats tend to be corrupt about sex. But Trump is unprecedented in the boldness of his behavior. "

In Bolton's report, Trump promised to go to a federal court in New York to stop an investigation by a Turkish state bank accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. "Trump then said to Erdogan that he would take care of the matter and said that the South District prosecutors were not his people but Obama, a problem that would be resolved if they were replaced by his people," Bolton wrote. according to to the Washington Post.

Trump directly sought Xi's help with re-election at a meeting of the two leaders in Bolton, Osaka, Japan in June 2019 wrote by doing Wall Street Journal op-ed. "Trump then surprisingly turned to the upcoming US presidential election, hinted at China's economic performance, and asked Xi to ensure that he would win," said Trump's former national security advisor and veteran from three other Republican governments. “He emphasized the importance of farmers and increased Chinese soybean and wheat purchases for the election result. I would print Trump's exact words, but the government review process before publication decided otherwise. "

According to Bolton, Trump also allegedly endorsed Xi's extensive crackdown on ethnic Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang province under the guise of a counter-terrorism campaign. Over 1 million Uighurs are reportedly held in concentration camps in a campaign that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described as the "spot of the century".

“[W] With only interpreters present, Xi Trump explained why he was actually building concentration camps in Xinjiang. According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should continue building the camp, which Trump believed was the right thing to do, ”Bolton wrote in his Wall Street Journal Play that tells of an incident at the G-20 meeting in Osaka.

Trump used the start of the meeting to claim that there was "great hostility" to China among Democrats, Bolton said. Trump has also asked China to help him politically in public and to ask Beijing to do so examine The family of his presidential re-election rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, during a press conference in October 2019 on the South Lawn of the White House, based on deals that Biden's son had completed in China. Trump's earlier efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Bidens by allegedly withholding US aid formed the basis for his impeachment late last year. He was acquitted in February.

In the book, Bolton is contemptuous of the House Democrats who have accused Trump of behaving towards Ukraine, but he suggests that this is because they limited their investigation to just this controversy and tried for political reasons according to a report in Moving Too Fast The New York Times. Bolton writes that some of the Democrats committed "impeachment errors" for failing to investigate other crimes, such as Trump's alleged efforts to interfere with the Turkish Halkbank and Chinese ZTE investigations.

The revelations could give Biden, Trump's democratic rival of 2020, a new batch of political ammunition, whose deputies have flagged the president as ruthless and dangerous to American democracy. However, it is unclear whether Bolton's all-rounder would have more Republican allies or Trump's die-hard fans against him as they steadfastly support the president through past scandals.

Trump focused on China during his presidential campaign and presented himself as the best leader to assert himself against the Beijing coronavirus pandemic in the Chinese city of Wuhan. "One nation deserves the blame: China," it said in a recent Trump campaign. "You lied about it, covered it up." The Pro-Trump America First Action PAC has released a series of ads targeting the democratic candidate as "Beijing Biden" after making a $ 10 million ad purchase in the highly competitive states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania Trump won in 2016.

The White House has tried to block the publication of Bolton's book. It contains classified information that should not be made public. “This book is full of classified information that is inexcusable. Former national security adviser John Bolton should know only too well that it is unacceptable to have highly classified information from the United States government in a book that will be published, ”White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday.

Bolton's lawyers and publishers shot back, saying that such allegations are unfounded. You have detailed several rounds of clearance reviews that Bolton conducted with the White House to remove classified information. They argue that Trump simply uses the excuse to block the publication of an unflattering book. The new revelations ushered in a new phase in the lawsuit between the former national security adviser and the White House. Trump said Bolton should face "criminal problems" with the disclosure of classified information, and he claimed that "any conversation with me is classified".

Bolton is the latest in a line of former Trump senior officials who have spoken out against the president. “Donald Trump is the first president in my life who doesn't try to unite the American people – he doesn't even pretend to try. Instead, he's trying to divide us, ”former Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a statement Foreign policy and other news agencies.

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