President Donald Trump openly called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him get re-elected using economic leverage. Former Trump Advisor John Bolton wrote about it in his memoirs.
During negotiations with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. President Donald Trump openly linked the course of tariff negotiations and a trade agreement with China to his own political prospects. John Bolton, the former national security advisor to Trump, wrote about this in his memoirs. The New York Times quotes excerpts from the book.
According to the former advisor, Trump translated the conversation about the presidential elections in the U.S. in 2020. He said that China’s economic opportunities allow it to influence the campaign and “begged” Xi Jinping to secure his re-election, Bolton said. In particular, it was about increasing purchases of American soybeans and wheat, which, according to the head of the White House, would give him the votes of farm states.
Bolton makes a reservation that he can’t quote Trump’s exact words since he wasn’t allowed to do so during a check-up before the memoirs were published by the US National Security Council.
As the former advisor wrote, Trump succumbed to Xi Jinping when he claimed that building concentration camps in areas where Chinese Muslims are concentrated were the right thing to do.
U.S.-Chinese trade relations deteriorated after U.S. President Donald Trump announced in the summer of 2018 the introduction of a 25% customs duty on $50 billion worth of goods for China. China imposed the same reciprocal duties on imports of goods from the United States. In July 2019, after meeting with Xi Jinping, Trump announced the resumption of US-Chinese trade negotiations.
Officially, the U.S. considers China, along with Russia, a country that poses a potential threat to influence the course of American elections.
In April 2020 Trump said that Beijing is interested in the victory of its rival Joe Biden in the presidential elections in November.