Trump: ‘China Has Been Attempting to Interfere' in 2018 Election

September 26, 2018

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the United Nations Security Council that China is attempting to interfere in the 2018 midterm election to hurt Republicans.

Trump spoke to the Security Council on a number of issues but made a point of criticizing the regime in China for working against global peace.

"I laid out my administration's commitment to building a more just and peaceful future," Trump said. "Regrettably we found China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration."

Trump linked Chinese actions to his trade policies, which he has touted as a way of forcing China to start playing fair in the international trade arena. He described China’s actions as retaliation for his decision to challenge them on trade policy.

"They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade," Trump said. "We are winning on trade. We are winning at every level. We don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election."

After Trump spoke, China's State Councilor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi denied Trump’s accusation.

"China has all along followed the principle of non-interference in other countries' domestic affairs. This is a tradition of Chinese foreign policy," Wang said. "We do not and will not interfere in any countries' domestic affairs. We refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against China, and we call upon other countries to also observe the purposes of the UN charter and not to interfere in other countries' internal affairs."

Trump did not bring specific evidence for his claim but afterward he did say "plenty" of evidence exists.

"Plenty of evidence they would like to see me not win," he told reporters.

The president went on to say U.S. agencies are working to monitor the situation.