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Trump says US found China trying to interfere with 2018 elections in front of Chinese officials at UN Security Council meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
September 26, 2018

President Trump chaired a U.N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday during which he accused China of election interference.

“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November. Against my administration,” Trump said, according to The Washington Examiner.

“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 at every level. We don’t want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election,” he added.

The President did not elaborate on China’s interference activities, which seem to imply that China is actively attempting to influence the election in some way.

The Trump Administration has been cracking down on potential election interference. On Sept. 12, President Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions on any individual, company or country that is found to be interfering with elections in the United States.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said at the time that China was one of the countries with growing capabilities of election interference.

President Trump made the remarks while serving as chair of the U.N. Security Council meeting, which was attended by four other permanent members — China, Russia, Britain and France – along with other 10 other nations serving as temporary members.

The meeting is designed to address global security threats, including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

At the meeting, President Trump reiterated the importance of abiding by U.N. sanctions to achieve peace across the globe.