During the talks with President of China XI Jinping, U.S. President Donald trump openly linked the negotiations on tariffs and trade agreement with China with its own political prospects. Wrote about this in his memoirs, former adviser to trump national security Affairs John Bolton. Excerpts from the book quotes the edition of The New York Times.
According to the former adviser, trump turned the conversation to the topic of the US presidential election of 2020. He stated that the economic opportunities China can affect the course of the campaign, and “begged” XI Jinping to ensure his re-election, says Bolton. In particular, speech ostensibly was about the increase in purchases of U.S. soybeans and wheat, which according to the head of the White house, would give him votes of the farm States.
Bolton makes a reservation, that may not result in exact words trump because permission was not obtained in the validation process before publishing the memoir, which was held by the Council of national security of the United States.
As wrote former adviser, trump has echoed XI Jinping, when he claimed that the construction of concentration camps in places of compact residence of Chinese Muslims is correct.
Relations between the US and the PRC in trade has worsened after the summer of 2018 President of the United States Donald trump announced the introduction of a China customs duty at the rate of 25% on goods worth $50 billion. China imposed a mutual duty on the import of goods from the United States. In July 2019 after the meeting with XI Jinping trump said on the resumption U.S.-China trade negotiations.
Officially , the United States considers China, along with Russia, a country that poses a potential threat of impact on the course of American elections.
In April 2020, trump said that Beijing is interested in the victory of his rival Joe Biden in the presidential election in November.