Trump accuses China of meddling in USA midterms

Netanyahu stresses Israeli security after Trump two-state comments

He said China wants him to lose the election because of the heavy tariffs he placed on them.

The administration has leveled hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs against a wide range of Chinese exports, including everything from lobster and soybeans to steel products.

Netanyahu said after meeting Trump he was "not surprised" at the US president's preference for a two-state solution for peace with the Palestinians, Israeli media reports said. The trade war has only escalated since.

In Wednesday's speech to the Security Council, Trump's comments on China came as he reiterated his plan to reimpose sanctions on Iran, as part of the USA withdrawal from an global agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.

U.S. President Donald Trump lspeaks during a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., September 26, 2018. "They do not want me, or us, to win, because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade", Trump said, per Talking Points Memo, adding that the efforts are "against my administration".

On Monday, the United States deepened its trade conflict with China when tariffs on another $260 billion in Chinese goods came into effect.

"China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November".

Asked later what evidence he had, Trump replied, "plenty of evidence", but did not provide any.

President Trump said ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he favors the two-state solution and that he hopes to reveal his peace plan within four months.

"We have evidence. It will come out". It will come out. "I must have had 12 leaders say it, and they just said it", Trump told reporters.

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He was particularly vocal on China and President Xi Jinping. More specifically, they target USA agricultural products like soybeans, grown in Midwestern states won by Trump in 2016.

In 2014, Trump tweeted, "We need a President who isn't a laughingstock to the entire World". His tweet (see below) showed a headline that reads, "Duel undermines benefits of trade".

Bolivian leader Evo Morales launched a blistering critique of USA policy toward Iran as well as Trump's immigration policies that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents. Like the U.S., China has a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. That official, who spoke on background, said that China had targeted farmers and workers in districts that make up Trump's base of support.

Trump has complained about China's public relations campaign against tariffs before.

The official added that Chinese state-run media agencies operating in the USA need to be registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law that would treat them as lobbyists working for a foreign entity. Both the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have run similar paid supplements.

The official mentioned Chinese censorship, propaganda, cyberbullying, and China's visa selection process as examples of how China is actively interfering in the American political system.

While US national security officials are at high alert for an attempt at election interference by a foreign adversary, Russian Federation has been seen as a more likely threat than China. The conspiracy involved using the names of US citizens and entities to illegally buy political ads on social media and stage political rallies.

In a briefing with reporters in Washington, a senior White House official said that China was deploying economic, military and informational tools to spread influence and to undermine the United States government.

It's not clear if the president has any evidence of a covert operation by China. But China, Russia and other countries have been purchasing such advertisements for many years. In February 2017, a senior White House official told the Los Angeles Times that Trump was not sold on the idea of a two-state solution.

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