Bolton: Trump guided by reelection concerns

Former advisor says President Donald Trump pleaded with China's leader for help with reelection.

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National News

June 18, 2020 - 9:11 AM

President Donald Trump, left, and John Bolton, former national security adviser. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump “pleaded” with China’s Xi Jinping during a 2019 summit to help his reelection prospects, according to a scathing new book by former Trump adviser John Bolton that accuses the president of being driven by political calculations when making national security decisions.

The White House worked furiously to block the book, asking a federal court for an emergency temporary restraining order Wednesday against its release. 

Bolton’s allegations that Trump solicited Chinese help for his reelection effort carried echoes of Trump’s attempt to get political help from Ukraine, which led to his impeachment. 

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