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Bolton book: Trump sought China President Xi’s help with reelection

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.

9 thoughts on “Bolton book: Trump sought China President Xi’s help with reelection”

  1. My primary comment from what I’ve read in an article – if all these people Bolton said observed this behavior (including Mr. Bolton, Mr. Pompeo, Matthew Pottinger with the NSA and Mr. Ross) and were very disturbed and have stayed on with the administration in spite of it, then SHAME on them. I don’t know what to believe anymore. Mr. Bolton had many opportunities to leave and tell his story. Mr. Pompeo – if he truly believes what Mr. Bolton says the note said – shame on him for staying on board in what is a very key position. If Mr. Bolton had a personal conversation with Mr. Barr about his concerns and Mr. Barr really believed they were legitimate and he stayed on as Attorney General and didn’t take action, then SHAME on him too.

    Wolf has been cried so many times that it’s hard to believe anything from anyone – on both sides of the aisle.

    1. I would like to add – that when President Obama made the behind the scenes deal with Iran and delivered millions of dollars under the cloud of darkness – gee – I wonder if any promises were made. I also seem to recall him on an open mike telling Russia that after the election he could speak more freely. Gee, I wonder when Mr. Biden put pressure in the Ukraine deal to fire someone in exchange for money if any other deals were made. They are all hypocrites.

  2. Dear John Bolton,
    I. Don’t. Care.
    I learned long ago, from personal experience, that the people who like to come whisper “Do you know what she said about you?” are in fact nearly always the people who actually said it.
    So I don’t let people tell me any gossip any more. And I’ve learned that such a policy actually helps me and has never hurt me.
    So when it comes to your gossip about our beloved President, who genuinely loves us and genuinely wants the best for us:
    I don’t care what you say. I don’t care if it happened. It is meaningless to me.
    As meaningless to my life as what John Bolton had for breakfast today.
    As meaningless to my life, frankly, as John Bolton is.
    It is all as meaningless to me as the happenings in MY life are to John Bolton.

  3. Everything a first-term President does is meant to make things better for the citizens and hopefully help him be reelected.
    Bolton is a weenie, a unethical loser, and a few other things.

  4. I thought Bolton was a hawk, but strip away his bravado…you see him as he is.. a worn out washwoman. Even the NYT panned the book as a lousy read.


  5. John Bolton is a banty rooster trying to make himself look important. He played a hawk in previous administrations. I agree with Tina. I have found the same to be true in my life with gossips. Bolton is trying to appeal to the left and never Trumpers. He will find out soon they will kick him back to the curb ASAP because they can’t stand him either. Bolton is a loser all the way around.

  6. Right. So Trump, according to Bolton, had moral and ethical issues. But all was fine with that until Trump fired him? I call BS.

    The story could easily be “Trump convinces China to invest heavily in US products”. But that is an unpopular narrative.

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