Among the revelations in the new book from former national security adviser John Bolton, we’ve learned that President Donald Trump asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to buy large amounts of agricultural products from the United States as a way of helping assure that Trump would be reelected:
“He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome.”
While that certainly suggests that Trump was doing exactly what he did with Ukraine — a quid pro quo — something else Trump allegedly told Xi is much more disturbing on a human and moral level.
“Trump emerges in the pages of the book as entirely unconcerned by China’s gross human rights violations, including the incarceration of over a million Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang province.
“’At the opening dinner of the Osaka G20 meeting in June 2019, with only interpreters present, Xi had explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang,’ Bolton writes, according to an excerpt published in the Wall Street Journal.
“’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.'”
Given some of the remarks Trump has made over the years regarding Islam and American Muslims, it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that he would agree that Xi should imprison the Uighurs as a way of punishing them for their faith and unwillingness to do what they were told to do by the Chinese government, but it also proves that Donald Trump has no moral compass whatsoever.
Trump loves to pretend he’s a person of deep religious faith, but his actions suggest exactly the opposite. Had he been president during the Second World War, would he have told Adolf Hitler he supported his treatment of the Jews? Probably. Especially if the Germans had been amenable to helping him politically or financially.
If it’s acceptable to put Muslims in concentration camps, then what else is okay with Trump? Mass murder? Genocide? Seems it all depends on whether or not Trump benefits from the bloodshed and pain of others. Everything else is irrelevant to him.
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