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Trump Opens UN Security Council Meeting With Accusation

Accused China of trying to interfere in our midterms
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2018 12:11 PM CDT
President Donald Trump participates in a United Nations Security Council briefing on counterproliferation at the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at U.N. Headquarters.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump on Wednesday accused China of trying to meddle in the 2018 elections in a bid to keep him down. While opening a UN Security Council meeting, Trump put it like so, per the BBC: "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. 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. We are winning on trade. We are winning at every level. We don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election."

Foreign Minister Wang Yi, China's representative on the Security Council, responded with a denial, reports CNN: "We do not and will not interfere in any countries' domestic affairs. We refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against China, and we call on other countries to also observe the purposes of the UN charter and not interfere in other countries' internal affairs." Trump was later asked what proof he had. "Plenty of evidence," he replied, though he didn't offer any. The AP reports a Chinese delegate "shrugged" when the remarks were translated in the General Assembly. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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