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Politics - June 21, 2021

An Interview With Donald Trump, Unbowed

By Ben Weingarten for RealClearInvestigations

In a wide-ranging interview from the nook workplace atop his eponymous New York Metropolis tower final week, an unfiltered Donald Trump confirmed he has misplaced none of his edge as he attacked President Biden’s ethics, demanded reparations from China for COVID-19, and superior his declare that the 2020 election was stolen.

Listed below are a number of the highlights, as the previous president held forth on a variety of points in his inimitable model.

Chinese language Affect Over the Bidens, and America

Trump – whose administration was hobbled by false prices that he was beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin — asserted that China has American politicians, “particularly Biden and the son [Hunter Biden] … wrapped round their finger. They know a lot about Biden that’s so unlawful … [that the president] can now not be an individual that takes on China as a result of they’ll blackmail him like no one’s ever been blackmailed earlier than.”

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 “China has great energy over the Biden administration due to Biden himself,” Trump added. “There was great cash paid to the Biden household – not solely China; there have been quite a few different international locations too, and it’s not allowed to be spoken about.”

Trump didn’t present proof for these claims, though a U.S. Senate committee report on the Biden household’s enterprise dealings raised questions on its involvement with Chinese language, Russian, and Ukrainian nationals and entities.

Data discovered on a laptop computer as soon as owned by Hunter Biden – who’s dealing with a federal investigation into his taxes – has additionally raised questions in regards to the President Biden’s ties to his son’s questionable affairs.

“We have been doing nice with China. I used to be going to be doing issues that will’ve put us on a course that will’ve been ceaselessly nice, and now we have now folks – they nearly can’t be powerful on China as a result of China is aware of an excessive amount of about them,” Trump stated. “It’s a really unhappy factor.”

With respect to the political class extra broadly, Trump asserted that “China’s acquired the strongest lobbying machine you’ve ever seen. … You go to Washington and attempt to rent someone to oppose China? Can’t do it. They’ve acquired everyone.” 

The 2020 Election 

Trump stays adamant that the outcomes have been illegitimate. “You’ve heard the expression that the one who counts the votes is way extra vital than the candidate, proper? I by no means thought a lot about it; turned out to be proper. It’s a corrupt election and also you’ll by no means hear me say the rest. And so they’re vicious. … They go after you for saying it.”

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Though it’s extensively disputed that any alleged improprieties influenced sufficient votes to swing the election to him, Trump stays fixated on the mail-in votes that have been counted late within the night on Election Day in lots of states, eroding a larger-than-expected Election Day turnout by Trump supporters.

He introduced a number of charts displaying the modifications within the presidential vote counts — together with these in swing states reminiscent of Pennsylvania — as election evening wore on into the wee hours of the morning.

“Our elections are rigged” he stated. “Folks say, ‘Oh, simply deal with the longer term.’ You possibly can’t deal with the longer term when this occurs.”

Later, the previous president asserted: “I don’t imagine {that a} message of defund the police, open borders, sanctuary cities, no freedom of speech … will get 50% of the vote. I feel you get 50% as a result of [Democrats] cheat like hell within the elections … and that’s what they need to do to the entire nation.”

Potential Wuhan Lab Leak

Denounced by Democrats and the media as a racist for blaming China for COVID-19, Trump feels vindicated as proof emerges suggesting that the virus may need leaked from a Chinese language virology lab in Wuhan.

However he believes it was unintentional, doubtless a product of “gross incompetence.”

What was intentional, in Trump’s thoughts, was the choice by Chinese language leaders to permit its residents to journey globally, which unfold the pandemic.

Trump has known as for international locations to cancel their money owed to China as a part of a down cost on a future reparations plan that he suggests must whole some $10 trillion.

Trump stated COVID-19 has exacted costs and affected historical past in methods that could be laborious to measure. Earlier than the pandemic, he stated, he “had an excellent relationship with” with Chinese language Common Secretary Xi Jinping. However the “China virus killed all of that. … [It] killed lots of people, it additionally killed my relationship [with Xi].”

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Boycotting the 2022 China Olympics

Trump stated he wouldn’t pull America out of the 2022 Winter Video games in Beijing and neighboring Hebei province as a result of it might be “unfair to the athletes.”

Describing the Olympics as “peanuts,” Trump additionally recommended that  a boycott could be seen around the globe as “bitter grapes.”

“I see it each methods,” he added, “however I might not do this. … You go. You compete. You win.”

The Border and Central America Coverage

Trump stated the Biden administration has “completely misplaced management” of the U.S.-Mexico border. He additionally questions the knowledge of the  administration’s plan to supply a number of billion {dollars} in help to the Central American international locations from which immigrants are flowing.

“I refused to offer them cash, and their indicators [say], ‘We love Trump, Trump gained.’ They’re booing [Vice President Kamala Harris].” In the meantime, “as an alternative of claiming we’re not going to pay you, [the Biden administration is] giving them $4 billion.

“I handled them so powerful, and so they appreciated me,” he stated, including that the Biden administration “treats them weakly.”

The Durham Probe

Trump requested, rhetorically, in regards to the standing of the federal probe into the origins of Russiagate led by Particular Counsel John Durham: “The place the hell is Durham? Is that a humiliation, or what? I’m wondering if Durham’s ever even going to come back out with a report.

“They’ve him scared,” Trump continued. “Most likely come out with a foul report. After I heard that he was going to come back out with a report someday through the Biden administration, I stated, ‘You gotta be kidding.’ It’s a shame. Within the meantime, we don’t hear something about him.”

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Throughout the interview, President Trump targeted on the success of the candidates he endorsed, and his continued endorsements — whereas describing Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell as a “silly bastard.” 

Trump additionally touted his efforts to facilitate vaccine growth by way of Operation Warp Velocity and roll it out in brief order as maybe his best achievement. He additionally emphasised his toughness in deal-making with mates and enemies alike.

Over the course of the greater than hourlong session, Trump gave the distinct impression that he’s itching to get into the presidential race in 2024. 

Syndicated with permission from RealClearWire.

Ben Weingarten is Deputy Editor of RealClearInvestigations. This interview was performed as a part of a e-book venture on U.S.-China coverage below the auspices of the Fund for American Research’ Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships.

The opinions expressed by contributors and/or content material companions are their very own and don’t essentially mirror the views of The Political Insider.

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