The setting was the Rose Garden. The topic was China. And for President Trump, the goal of the White House event Friday was to condemn the communist nation as a threat to democratic ideals while casting himself as a defender of such values.
Yet Trump’s bid to amplify his election year criticism of Beijing’s authoritarian conduct was upended even before his remarks began — drowned out by a domestic political uproar over his own positions on free expression and government transparency.
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