June 19, 2020

Bolton revelations undercut Trump’s reelection message of toughness on China

Featuring Ely Ratner

Source: The Washington Post

Journalists David Nakamura, John Hudson

President Trump was in a White House event with governors Thursday when he took a moment to punch out a tweet from his cellphone — threatening to decouple the U.S. economy from China, the world’s second-largest economy.

The missive was another salvo in a long bilateral trade dispute, but it also represented an effort by the president to reestablish himself as a hard-liner on China — a day after shocking revelations from his former national security adviser John Bolton painted him as obsequious to Chinese President Xi Jinping in private conversations.

Trump’s urgency underscores how Bolton’s disclosures in a new book about his White House tenure could complicate a key pillar of the president’s reelection strategy as his campaign has attacked former vice president Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, as soft on China.

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Authors

  • Ely Ratner

    Executive Vice President and Director of Studies

    Ely Ratner is the Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he is a member of the executive team and responsible...