By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
President Donald Trump has insisted that neither China nor Russia want him to be reelected, claiming that China would ‘own’ the U.S. if Joe Biden were elected to the presidency.
‘If Joe Biden was president, China would own our country,’ Trump said in remarks at a press conference Friday night, responding to reports about foreign interference in the November election.
‘If China makes a deal with the United States with Joe Biden in charge they would own our country,’ he went on.
Asked about reports that Russia is engaged in ‘denigrating’ Biden to help Trump’s campaign, Trump brushed off the concern, saying ‘I am the last president Russia wants to see in office.’
Trump cited his moves to get European members of NATO to increase their defense spending, and his stance against a Russian oil pipeline to Germany, the Nord Stream 2, including the threat of sanctions to halt its construction.
Earlier on Friday, a new warning from U.S. intelligence singled out Russia, China and Iran are attempting to interfere in the election, with Russia allegedly opposed to Biden and China opposed to Trump.
In the case of Russia, the motive appears to be to run down Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who is days away from accepting his party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump.
The assessment came from Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence Security Center, in language that has become commonplace after years of hearings and testimony, as well as indictments of Russian officials alleged to have worked for a Kremlin-backed troll farm that hacked Democratic emails in 2016.
‘We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former vice president Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment.’ he said.
But in a new twist, his statements are focusing on the three countries.