Trump accuses China of 'meddling' in U.S. congressional elections

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United States president Donald Trump accused China on Wednesday of working against his Republican Party in upcoming midterm polls, saying Beijing wanted to see him suffer an electoral blow because of his hard line on trade.

"They would like to see me not win because this is the first time ever that they've been confronted on trade", Trump said.

"He may not be a friend of mine anymore but I think he probably respects me", said the president, who said the U.S. economy was easily weathering the impact of the trade dispute. And we are winning and we're winning big.

Thomas Rid, a Johns Hopkins cybersecurity expert, said, "I am not aware of any evidence of Chinese interference in the midterm elections".

Trump addressed a roomful of hundreds of reporters from United States and global media organisations this morning in a sweltering hotel ballroom following his participation in UN talks.

From there, the president turned his attention to China. Trump tweeted last month that "all of the fools so focused" on meddling from Russian Federation should "start also looking in another direction, China".

A Chinese delegate shrugged when he heard Trump's statement via translation in the General Assembly. And I think that the fact that you brought American sanctions to bear has cut the cash machine of Iran and its campaign of carnage and conquest of the Middle East. "We were doing it together, we had a good time".

At the meeting, he defended his administration's decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and blasted what he called a "horrible, one-sided deal [that] allowed Iran to continue its path toward a [nuclear] bomb and gave the regime a cash lifeline when they needed it the most". "That was not laughing at me. I like two-state solution", Trump said.

In his earlier comments, Trump said his much anticipated but still unreleased Mideast peace plan could be presented in the next two to four months, but was not specific as to timing.

His boast elicited laughter from the audience. US tariffs have targeted Chinese goods ranging from handbags to toilet paper, while China has hit at USA products from soybean and corn to whiskey and cars.

Trump did not provide any evidence for the allegation. "I must have had 12 leaders say it, and they just said it", Trump told reporters.

Doubts have mounted over whether Trump's administration can secure what he has called the "ultimate deal" since December, when the U.S. president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and then moved the U.S. Embassy there.

"Some examples of the ways that China is actively interfering in our political system include hurting farmers and workers in states and districts that voted for the president because he stood up to the ways China has taken advantage of our country economically", the official said.

"I don't like it when they attack our farmers and I don't like it when they put out false messages".

"We don't want to them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election", he said in prepared remarks. The ad has infuriated the White House, which believes China is trying to tip the election in a key battle state to the Democrats. He also mentioned Chinese government-led influence operations meant to bolster China's long-term influence in key countries, including the United States. Mattis said this and other problems with China are being "sorted out".

The statement was less than a definitive walkback from Trump's retreat soon after he assumed office from years of US policy, which was committed to a Palestinian state as an outcome of a final status peace deal.

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