Setting the stage for a revival of the White House's warnings about Chinese electoral meddling ahead of the 2020 vote, President Trump on Monday warned via tweet that the Chinese are already pushing for Joe Biden to become the next American president.
That Beijing would prefer Biden over Trump is hardly a surprise, given Biden's pro-China rhetoric (Biden has insisted that China isn't a threat, though he is also extremely conflicted thanks to his son's business dealings).
But according to Trump, the fix is already in (for the primaries, at least), and Biden's rivals - like Bernie Sanders, who consistently polls second to Biden - are "history."
In what appears to be Trump conceding that Biden's decision not to challenge Hillary played a big part in his rise, Trump added that he's "only here because of Sleepy Joe and the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, President O!"
Looks like Bernie Sanders is history. Sleepy Joe Biden is pulling ahead and think about it, I’m only here because of Sleepy Joe and the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, President O! China wants Sleepy Joe BADLY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2019
We imagine the White House will soon trot out Mike Pence to deliver another sweeping speech warning of Beijing's interference both electorally, and through its 'neocolonial project', the Belt & Road initiative.