Bolton Lists All The Ways Trump Was Willing To Sell Out To China
June 17, 2020
A new book by the former national security advisor to Trump lays out serious allegations about Trump caving to China and reaffirms Trump’s dangerous and self-interested approach to trade negotiations that led to the unprecedented health care crisis sweeping our nation.
President Xi played him on every front. As a direct result of Trump’s self interest and incompetence, Trump sold out American workers, caused a manufacturing recession, and willfully ignored the threat of coronavirus, which has led to 115,000 Americans dead and the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression.
Here are the top takeaways:
Trump was so desperate for a trade deal that would benefit his reelection that he was willing to sell out America’s interests for a photo op with China.
“Trump came close, unilaterally offering that U.S. tariffs would remain at 10% rather than rise to 25%, as he had previously threatened. In exchange, Trump asked merely for some increases in Chinese farm-product purchases, to help with the crucial farm-state vote… Trump’s conversations with Xi reflected not only the incoherence in his trade policy but also the confluence in Trump’s mind of his own political interests and U.S. national interests. Trump commingled the personal and the national not just on trade questions but across the whole field of national security.”
Rather than take a stand against China’s authoritarian rule, Trump proposed he emulate it, an idea that President Xi endorsed.
“One highlight came when Xi said he wanted to work with Trump for six more years, and Trump replied that people were saying that the two-term constitutional limit on presidents should be repealed for him. Xi said the U.S. had too many elections, because he didn’t want to switch away from Trump, who nodded approvingly.”
Trump was willing to do literally anything for China — he risked our national security to grant personal favors to Chinese companies, even reversing sanctions levied for selling technology to Iran and North Korea.
“Trump, by contrast, saw this not as a policy issue to be resolved but as an opportunity to make personal gestures to Xi. In 2018, for example, he reversed penalties that Ross and the Commerce Department had imposed on ZTE. In 2019, he offered to reverse criminal prosecution against Huawei if it would help in the trade deal—which, of course, was primarily about getting Trump re-elected in 2020.”
If you thought he could sink no lower, think again. Trump willfully told China that it was okay to build concentration camps.
“At the opening dinner of the Osaka G-20 meeting in June 2019, with only interpreters present, Xi had explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang. According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do.”
It’s no surprise that Trump wasted months buying the Chinese government’s spin on coronavirus and ignoring warnings from our intelligence community, public health experts, and Vice President Biden.