Trump claims China could ‘interfere’ in US elections

Donald Trump has claimed that China could interfere in the US midterm elections because they are worried he will win. The President was chairing the UN Security Council for the first time, but gave no evidence to support his accusation.

“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 on every level. We don’t want them to meddle or interfere in upcoming (elections)”

On Monday, Trump imposed tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods, with Beijing accusing the US of “economic intimidation”. Beijing’s retaliatory tariffs on $60bn worth of US goods were due to go into effect soon after the US sanction.

The President also used the opportunity of chairing the Security Council to talk about nuclear weaponry, and issued a warning to Iran, branding them the “world’s leading sponsor of terror”, which caused “conflict around the region and far beyond”.

The president has already withdrawn the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, accusing the country of destabilising actions throughout the region and support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon. Tough sanctions are due to kick in against Tehran in November, and Mr Trump warned there would be “severe consequences” for any nation that defied them.

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