China pushes back on Trump election interference comments

China pushes back on Trump election interference comments
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Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi is rejecting President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE's Wednesday accusation that China has tried to interfere in U.S. elections.

"We did not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs. We refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against China," Wang said through a translator at the United Nations.

Trump had accused China of attempting to meddle in the 2018 midterms earlier in the day. 

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"Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election," Trump told a U.N. Security Council meeting. "They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade."

Trump did not say what evidence he had found to warrant the accusation, but the claims are consistent with past ones from his administration.

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The president recently signed an executive order allowing the U.S. to hit foreign actors with sanctions if the administration deems that they have interfered with U.S. elections.

The president has faced criticism that he has not done enough to halt foreign interference in U.S. elections, particularly after he has repeatedly hedged on supporting the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered with the 2016 election with the intention of helping to elect him.