"Well, we were in the middle of a major trade deal", Donald Trump told Axios's Jonathan Swan, during an exclusive interview, excerpts from which were published on Sunday evening.
The president was responding to a question about why he hasn't moved forward with sanctions on Chinese officials in connection with human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
The remarks to Axios appear to support (if not validate) John Bolton's claim that Trump blessed Xi's mass detention of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. (Trump denies this.)
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In his account, Bolton asserts that during a conversation with the Chinese last year, “Xi had explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang”. "According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do", Bolton writes, in his hotly-anticipated memoir which was cleared for release after a judge denied the administration's attempt to keep it from the public.
It's hardly news that Trump would subjugate human rights concerns to the trade deal. It is, however, remarkable
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