For the first time, President Donald Trump is calling to order a meeting of the U.N. Security Council for a meeting on countering nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Trump has boasted that the U.S. economy is performing at record levels while China's is struggling as evidence the United States is winning the dispute.
A gavel-wielding Trump also took a swipe at China, accusing Beijing of working against his Republican Party in upcoming midterm elections as payback for their growing trade war, a charge China´s foreign minister said was "unwarranted".
The president went on to claim that China is looking to meddle in the USA midterms because of the burgeoning trade war between the two nations.
Chairing the Council for the first time, Trump made no reference to suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and provided no evidence for his allegation about China, which Beijing immediately rejected during the same meeting. "We don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election".
Asked later what evidence he had, Trump said there was "plenty" but didn't immediately provide details, suggesting that some of the material was classified.
"China has, all along, followed the principle of non-interference in other countries' domestic affairs". China and the U.S. have been in a battle over tariffs since his election.
President Donald Trump is dismissing as "fake news" reports that he was laughed at during the opening moments of his speech before the U.N. General Assembly.
"You have statements made that they're going to hit our farmers, who are my voters", Trump said of the insert. But Trump's comments Wednesday seem to confirm that China is actively interfering now.
US President Trump signed an executive order on August 5 aimed at piling financial pressure on Tehran to force a "comprehensive and lasting solution" to Iranian threats, including its development of missiles and regional "malign" activities.
He says, "they would like to see me lose an election because they've never been challenged like this".
The Trump administration is looking to push back harder against China on several fronts, including so-called political "influence operations", an issue on which Trump recently has been given a lot more information in his intelligence briefings, according to the official.
"All of the fools that are so focused on looking only at Russian Federation should start also looking in another direction, China", he wrote then.
China has "actually admitted that they're going after farmers", he said. "We did not and will not interfere in any country's internal affairs and we refuse to accept any allegation of interference". "This is a tradition of Chinese foreign policy", Wang said.
The State Department sanctioned a senior PLA general last week prompting the Chinese military to cut off talks and cancel a scheduled port visit by a US warship to Hong Kong.
China has also expressed anger after the USA approved the sale of spare parts for F-16 fighter planes and other military aircraft worth up to $330m to self-ruled Taiwan, which China considers part of its territory.
"For the first time, the U.S. president was asking other members not to adhere to a resolution of the very same Security Council over which he was presiding", quipped Rouhani.
Trump is addressing a roomful of hundreds of reporters from US and worldwide media organizations in a sweltering hotel ballroom.