President Donald Trump ‘s former National Security Adviser, John Bolton, writes in his upcoming memoir that Trump was seeking help from Chinese President Xi Jinping to win re-election at a closed-door meeting in June 2019, according to a New York Times report on Wednesday. In the course of trade negotiations at a summit in Osaka, Japan, Trump has reportedly asked the Chinese leader to buy more agricultural products to help him win farm states in the November general election.
The book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir is due to be published on June 23, but it has been sued by the Trump administration to block its distribution, claiming it contains classified information and would compromise national security.
The Times and Washington Post both obtained copies of the advance. The Post said the Chinese leader defended the construction of camps holding up to a million Uighur Muslims in the same meeting with Xi.
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Bolton resigned after approximately 17 months as National Security Advisor in September 2019. But Trump says he ‘d shot him after the two clashed in Afghanistan. It is over strategy against North Korea, Iran, Ukraine, and the Taliban.
Publisher Simon and Schuster said the complaint was an effort by the Trump administration. It is to avoid “publishing a book that the president finds unflattering.”
It said Bolton had cooperated fully with pre-publication analysis by the National Security Council.
Bolton described several episodes in the book, according to the Times. He states that the president expressed his willingness to stop criminal investigations. It is “to give personal favours to dictators he liked in effect.”
It is that the investigations in question involve the Halkbank of Turkey. So, in currying favour with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or China’s ZTE in favour of Xi.
Among the other accusations according to the Times levelled by Bolton:
Trump seemed surprised to learn during one meeting. So, it is that the United Kingdom is nuclear power, and asks if Finland is part of Russia.