“Well, we were in the middle of a major trade deal,” the president said, supporting an account by his former national security adviser John R. Bolton.
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President Trump said he resisted punishing China for its mass internment of ethnic Uighurs last year for fear of jeopardizing trade talks with Beijing, a blunt admission of his transactional approach to human rights and willingness to subordinate other U.S. policy priorities to a potential trade deal he considers vital to his re-election.
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