Connect with us

Politics

Trump accuses China of attempted meddling in 2018 midterms

Published

on


Trump UNSC
President
Donald Trump chairing a UN Security Council meeting in New York
on Wednesday.

Spencer Platt/Getty
Images


  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of
    attempting to interfere in the 2018 midterms.
  • “They do not want me or us to win, because I am the first
    president ever to challenge China on trade,” Trump said at a
    meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.
  • Trump has been increasingly critical of China in recent
    months amid
    ongoing disagreements over trade
  • The president’s advisers have said that Russia, China, Iran,
    and North Korea are all countries potential culprits in the
    attempted interference. 

President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of attempting
to interfere in the 2018 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 New York. 

He added, “They do not want me or us to win, because I am the
first president ever to challenge China on trade.”

This is not the first time the Trump administration has
called out Beijing over election interference
. However,
raising the issue at such a high-profile meeting marks a major
escalation of such criticism. China is one of the five permanent
members of the UNSC.

The Chinese embassy in Washington D.C. did not immediately
respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

‘China exploits our transparency and open society’

Trump’s comments come a day afterDan Coats, the US Director of
National Intelligence, described China’s cyber espionage
activities against the US as “unprecedented in
scale.”

“From its continued hacking of our defense secrets to its
focus on collecting vast repositories of personal and
personality-identifying information to better enable espionage
activities, China exploits our transparency and open society,”

Coats said
in remarks at The Citadel, a military college in
South Carolina.

National Security Adviser John Bolton in August issued
similar warnings about China’s activities, while also criticising
Russia, North Korea, and Iran.

“I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national
security concern about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling, and
North Korean meddling that we’re taking steps to try and prevent
it,”
Bolton said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Bolton said that Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are
the “four countries that we’re most concerned about” when it
comes to the 2018 elections.

Trump has been less critical of Russian election
interference

Bolton’s comments in August came just several days after
Trump tweeted: “All of the fools that are so focused on looking
only at Russia should start also looking in another direction,
China. But in the end, if we are smart, tough and well prepared,
we will get along with everyone!”

In September, Trump tweeted: “China has openly stated that
they are actively trying to impact and change our election by
attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of
their loyalty to me.”

Trump’s recent condemnation of China has been sharper in
tone than many of his statements toward Russia about election
interference.

The president has at times expressed skepticism over
whether Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, a
subject that remains a thorn in Trump’s side.


Trump was broadly criticized
after he appeared to side with
Russian President Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence
community on the subject when they met in Helsinki, Finland, in
July. 

But the president’s top advisers have warned consistently
warned that Russia is engaged in ongoing efforts to interfere in
US elections.

Continue Reading
Advertisement Find your dream job

Trending