According to excerpts published Wednesday of John Bolton’s upcoming book, Trump pleaded with China’s leader Xi Jinping for help to win re-election in 2020.
The US president’s former national security advisor claims that Trump’s focus on winning a second term was the driving principle of his foreign policy — and that top aides apparently routinely disparaged the President for his ignorance of basic geopolitical facts.
In excerpts published by The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, John Bolton also claims President Trump repeatedly showed a readiness to overlook Chinese rights abuses — apparently telling Xi the mass internment of Uighur Muslims was “exactly the right thing to do.”
“I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my White House tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” Bolton writes of the real estate magnate turned president — who was impeached last December for seeking dirt from Ukraine on his 2020 election rival Joe Biden.
In a key meeting with Xi last June, Bolton says President Trump “stunningly turned the conversation to the US presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win.”
John Bolton claims that President Trump stressed the importance of America’s farmers and how “increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat” could impact the US electoral outcome.
“I would print Trump’s exact words but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise,” Bolton says, referring to the requirement months ago that he have his manuscript vetted by US agencies.
Bolton also says there were multiple episodes of behavior by The President, claiming Trump intervened in cases involving major firms in China and Turkey, in which he appeared “to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked,” according to the book’s excerpts.
“The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,” writes Bolton, who says he reported his concerns to Attorney General William Barr.
The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” is due for release next Tuesday.
The claims come as the presidential election campaign has kicked-off against the Democratic former vice president Biden.
Bolton spent 17 months in the White House before resigning last September.
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