President Trump asked Chinese President Xi to purchase U.S. agricultural products to help farmers and, therefore, Trump’s own reelection effort, according to former National Security Advisor John Boltons unreleased new book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.
From a Wall Street Journal excerpt of the book:
Trump said approvingly that there was great hostility to China among the Democrats. “He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” Bolton wrote. “He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise.”
Bolton claims in the book that everything Trump did was to further his chances at reelection.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday he was at the meeting and denied that the request from Trump ever occurred, calling the claim “absolutely untrue.”
The Justice Department is suing to prevent the publication of the book, saying it contains classified information.