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NEWS Trump accuses China of poll interference

NEWS Trump accuses China of poll interference

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump was addressing the UN National Security Council when he made the claim China is attempting to “meddle” in the forthcoming US mid-term elections, President Donald Trump told world leaders during a UN meeting.”They don’t want me or us to win because I am the first president to…


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NEWS Mr Trump was addressing the UN National Security Council when he made the claimImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Mr Trump was addressing the UN National Security Council when he made the claim

China is attempting to “meddle” in the forthcoming US mid-term elections, President Donald Trump told world leaders during a UN meeting.

“They don’t want me or us to win because I am the first president to ever challenge China on trade,” Mr Trump said on Wednesday.

Mr Trump did not offer proof for his claim. China and the US have been in a battle over tariffs since his election.

The US congressional mid-terms are due to be held on 6 November.

“In my remarks yesterday to the United Nations General Assembly, I laid out my administration’s commitment to building a more just and peaceful future,” Mr Trump said, as he opened a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.

“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration.

“They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade. And we are winning on trade, we are winning at every level.

“We don’t want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election.”

The meeting, which Mr Trump chaired, was held to discuss countering nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

In an interview last month, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China are all potentially planning to meddle in US elections.

“I can say definitively thatit’s a sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddlingthat we’re taking steps to try to prevent it, so it’s all four of those countries, really,” Mr Bolton told ABC News.

Mr Trump has himself previously claimed on his Twitter feed that China “are actively trying to impact and change our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me”.

“China has been taking advantage of the United States on Trade for many years. They also know that I am the one that knows how to stop it,” Mr Trump tweeted on 26 September.

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