Russia. Ukraine. China. Bolton account highlights pattern of Trump welcoming foreign political help
“Foreign governments are increasingly testing us, looking to intervene in the 2020 campaign,” said Trevor Potter, a former Federal Election Commission chairman, who is working with a new bipartisan group to monitor threats to this year’s election. “It becomes all the more likely if the president is not fighting foreign influence in campaigns, but rather is inviting it.” Potter said that, in the meantime, Bolton’s account of Trump’s appeal to the Chinese presents another worry: that a private request to a foreign leader for political assistance could leave the president susceptible to blackmail. Trump’s reported appeal, he said, is itself “a security threat.”
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