Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump says China is interfering in midterm elections

Trump says China is interfering in midterm elections

"China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election ... against my administration", Trump said in an address to world leaders as the chair of a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting in NY.

At the United Nations on Wednesday, Donald Trump, as has become his hallmark, hijacked what was supposed to be a conversation among adults about the maintenance of peace and security in order to take unprovoked pot shots at one of his interlocutors.

H alleged again, "They would like to see me not win because this is the first time ever that they've been confronted on trade".

Donald Trump has accused China of election meddling during an appearance at the United Nations.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday singled out a four-page supplement that a Chinese-government run media company placed in Iowa's largest newspaper as a sign that Beijing is losing the trade war with the USA - and meddling in the midterm elections. He was referring to China's imposition of tariffs on soybeans - a hugely important trade in the electorally crucial state of Iowa - as retaliation for Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods.

Wang, China's foreign minister, denied that his government was meddling, telling the 15-nation U.N. council: "We did not and will not interfere in any countries' domestic affairs".

"We advise the United States to stop this unceasing criticism and slander of China", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

"We do not and will not interfere in any countries in domestic affairs".

Washington this week enacted new tariffs against China covering another $200 billion of its imports, shrugging off threats of counter measures from Beijing. Hard-liners in the ruling Communist Party have been eager to highlight the increasingly harsh rhetoric from Trump and his aides as evidence that the United States is seeking to punish China.

He also called upon other countries to observe the same principle, citing the United Nations charter. "But besides that, we learned that they are trying to meddle in our elections and we're not going to let that happen just as we're not going to let that happen with Russian Federation". "We are winning at every level", he said, veering off course in a meeting that was supposed to be about proliferation concerns.

During an evening news conference, Trump described Chinese President Xi Jinping as a friend, prompting a reporter to ask how that could be the case given the allegations of meddling.

After Trump's tweet, the chief political reporter from the Des Moines paper tweeted out a link to an article in that same paper, which explains that China Daily has done the same in national papers. Pillsbury told Fox News last month that Beijing viewed Trump as a "superior" president out of the last five or six American leaders that dealt with China and that he was "so smart".

Trump has vowed to add tariffs on an additional $267 billion in Chinese goods if Beijing takes steps that negatively impact agricultural or industrial workers. "And we're not going to let that happen, just as we're not going to let that happen with Russian Federation".

President Donald Trump says he has rejected a one-on-one meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the tariff dispute involving the two countries.

"We have evidence. It'll come out, yeah, I can't tell you now, but it came - it didn't come out of nowhere, that I can tell you".

"I think we will make a deal, but unfortunately to ensure this progress continues we must enforce existing U.N. Security Council resolutions until denuclerarization occurs", Trump said.

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