Bolton: Trump Encouraged China’s Leader To Build Muslim Concentration Camps

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Former national security adviser John Bolton criticized Trump’s interactions with China in his latest book.

Bolton: Trump Encouraged China’s Leader To Build Muslim Concentration Camps
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In an excerpt of former national security adviser John Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened,” provided by the Wall Street Journal in June, Bolton writes that President Donald Trump encouraged China’s leader, Xi Jinping, to build Muslim concentration camps.

  • Beijing has been repressive of its Uighur citizens, “a largely Muslim people who live primarily in China’s northwest Xinjiang Province.”
  • However, during the 2018 White House Christmas dinner, Bolton said that “Trump asked [him]… why [they] were considering sanctioning China over its treatment of the Uighurs.”

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  • Then, “at the opening dinner of the Osaka G-20 meeting in June 2019, with only interpreters present, Xi had explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang.”
  • Bolton wrote: “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. The National Security Council’s top Asia staffer, Matthew Pottinger, told me that Trump said something very similar during his November 2017 trip to China.”


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