US President Donald Trump has been accused of wrongdoings multiple times. This has also included him abusing his power as POTUS to get dirt on a political rival. He responded to that in a less-than-ideal way, and also publicly asked foreign powers to interfere in American presidential elections.
Now, he has yet again been accused of asking a foreign power to do the same, in a tell-all book by a former White House employee.
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John Bolton served from 2018 to 2019 (17 months) as Trump’s political advisor.
Bolton’s tell-all book, titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir”, accuses Trump of “pleading” Chinese President Xi Jinping to aid his re-election campaign.
According to the book, at the June 2019 G20 summit in Japan –
“Trump, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming US presidential election [in 2020], alluding to China’s economic capability and pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win.”
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Bolton’s book levels multiple allegations against Trump.
Even though the USA has been publicly against China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims, Bolton alleges that Trump supported Jinping on this.
“According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do.”
An extract of the book published by the Wall Street Journal also suggests that Trump wished to serve as President for more than two terms.
“One highlight came when Xi said he wanted to work with Trump for six more years, and Trump replied that people were saying that the two-term constitutional limit on presidents should be repealed for him.”
“Xi said the US had too many elections because he didn’t want to switch away from Trump, who nodded approvingly.”
Bolton wrote that Trump “saw conspiracies behind rocks, and remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House, let alone the huge federal government.”
The book is set to go on sale on 23rd June. However, the Department of Justice sought an emergency order to stop the book from going on sale, an act that has been called “a frivolous, politically motivated exercise in futility” by the publishers.