During his speech at the United Nations Security Council, President Donald Trump claimed that China is trying to meddle in the upcoming November midterms, without offering any evidence whatsoever to support his claim.
“Regrettably we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November,” President Trump said. “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 our upcoming elections.”
When reporters asked him if he had any evidence, Trump simply said, “Plenty of evidence,” but provided none. Trump later tweeted photos of an ad in a newspaper bought by the Chinese government-run media outlet China Watch, which touted Chinese business and leadership while criticizing Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods, ABC News reports.
The Chinese foreign minister quickly denied Trump’s unsubstantiated claim, calling it a “nonsense.”
“We do not and will not interfere in any country’s domestic affairs,” he said during the Security Council session. “We refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against China and we call upon other countries to also observe the purposes of the U.N. charter and not to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs.”
Considering the meeting was on nuclear proliferation, President Trump then continued by talking about the threats posed by nuclear and chemical weapons and his administration’s “bold action” on the issue. He focused in particular on Russia and Iran as being connected to the perpetual violence in Syria before reiterating the need for U.S. sanctions on Iran.
“The Syrian regime’s butchery is enabled by Russia and Iran. The Iranian regime exports violence, terror and turmoil. It illicitly procures sensitive items to advance its ballistic missile program and proliferates these missiles all across the Middle East…A regime with this track record must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon,” Trump said.