John Bolton: Trump sought Xi’s help to win re-election


USA – US President Donald Trump sought help from Chinese President Xi Jinping to win re-election, ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book says.

Bolton says Trump wanted China to buy agricultural produce from US farmers, according to details of the forthcoming book previewed by US media.

He also said that Trump “remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House”.

The Trump administration has been trying to block the book from going on sale.

Speaking to media Trump said: “He broke the law. This is highly classified information and he did not have approval.”

“He was a washed-up guy,” added Trump. “I gave him a chance.”

Bolton joined the White House in April 2018 and soon left in September the following year, saying he has made the decision to quit. However, Trump said he had fired Bolton because he disagreed “strongly” with him.

Bolton’s 577-page book, The Room Where It Happened, is due to go on sale on 23 June.

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