Ex- National Security Adviser John Bolton claims in his upcoming memoir that President Trump asked China’s Xi Jinping to help his re-election prospects by purchasing more American farm products, according to reports.
During the June 2019 G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, Bolton wrote, Xi noted that certain unidentified US politicians were calling for a new cold war with China, to which Trump “said approvingly that there was great hostility to China among the Democrats,” according to multiple media outlets that obtained advance copies of the book.
“Trump then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming US presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability and pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” the book says.
“He said the importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome.”
Bolton also says he notified Attorney General William Barr and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone about several instances when Trump allegedly expressed a willingness to block probes of such firms as the Chinese telecom company ZTE and Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank.
If Democrats had expanded their impeachment case beyond allegations surrounding the withholding of about $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, Bolton wrote, “there might have been a greater chance to persuade others that ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ had been perpetrated.”
Bolton also claims Trump, during a conversation in August, privately admitted to the “quid pro quo” at the heart of the case.
“He said he wasn’t in favor of sending them anything until all Russia-investigation material related to [Hillary] Clinton and [former Vice President Joe] Biden had been turned over.”
The Department of Justice sued on Tuesday to block publication of the book, set to be released next Tuesday by Simon & Schuster, on grounds that it contains classified information.
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Trump Wednesday night blasted Bolton as untrustworthy and unlikable. “He is a liar,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal, adding “everybody in the White House hated John Bolton.”
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer denied Bolton’s account of Trump asking Xi to buy soybeans and wheat so Trump could win re-election which is fallacious.
“it’s a fallacious statement. I was there. I have no recollection of that ever happening,” Lighthizer said when asked about the allegation at a Senate hearing.
“Would I recollect something as crazy as that? Of course, I would recollect it.”
The DOJ on Wednesday night said it was pursuing an emergency order from a judge to block publication of the book.
In the nearly 600-page tome, Bolton claims he repeatedly saw Trump engage in “a pattern of fundamentally unacceptable behavior that eroded the very legitimacy of the presidency.”
Meanwhile, most of Trump’s underlings served him so poorly that he “saw conspiracies behind rocks, and remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House, let alone the huge federal government.”
Also during the 2019 G-20 meeting, Trump and Xi discussed China’s construction of concentration camps to inter the country’s population of Uighurs, an ethnic minority, Bolton wrote.
“According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which he thought was exactly the right thing to do.”