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 TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens 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.

Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsHillicon Valley: Facebook co-founder calls for breaking up company | Facebook pushes back | Experts study 2020 candidates to offset 'deepfake' threat | FCC votes to block China Mobile | Groups, lawmakers accuse Amazon of violating children's privacy Experts are studying mannerisms of 2020 candidates to help offset threat of 'deepfake' videos Bolton held unexpected meeting on Iran with top intel, military advisers at CIA: report MORE told reporters earlier this month "we have seen signs" of meddling from "not just Russia, but from China, of capabilities, potentially from Iran and even North Korea."

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.