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Trump Told China To 'Go Ahead' With Prison Camps, Bolton Alleges In New Book

The former national security adviser avoided talking to Congress about what he knew when it was convened for impeachment — abetted by Republicans. Now he tells the story in a new book.

Updated at 9:33 p.m. ET

President Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he endorsed Beijing's now-infamous archipelago of prison camps for minority Uighurs, John Bolton writes in his new memoir, The Room Where It Happened.

The former national security adviser quotes U.S. officials who took part in Trump's meetings with their Chinese counterparts.

"According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which he thought was exactly the right thing to do," Bolton writes. Another official said something similar, "which meant we could cross repression of the Uighurs off our list of possible reasons to sanction China, at least as long as trade negotiations continued."

Trump generally has been silent in public about China's treatment of , who are subject to an Orwellian program

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