>> President Trump, while heading a UN Security Council meeting for the first time on Wednesday, calling out China, not on trade but about meddling in the upcoming midterm elections.>> Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election. They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.
And we are winning on trade. We are winning at every level.>> Trump did not provide any evidence for the allegation, but the claim follows recent warnings from Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, who said China's cyber activities were unprecedented in scale.>> We don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election.
>> Reuters foreign affairs editor, Yara Bayoumy.>> It was really surprising for Trump to bring up a charge like that at a meeting that was ostensibly meant to be talking about a completely different topic. And also, what was even more noteworthy is the fact that Trump also did not at all mention Russia.
Trump is very sensitive about the issue of US election meddling because, of course, Trump does not want to be seen as having won the US election illegitimately. By pointing the finger at China, it could be as part of the bigger US-China dispute that is going on right now in the context of a bigger and wider US-China trade war.
>> We do not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs.>> China's senior diplomat later responded, telling the Security Council that he refuses to accept unwarranted accusations of interfering in other nations' elections.>> China has all along followed the principle of non-interference in other countries' domestic affairs.
>> Later on Wednesday, Trump in a tweet said China is actually placing propaganda ads in the Des Moines Register and other papers, made to look like news. That's because we are beating them on trade.>> They would like to see me not win.>> But the practice of governments buying space in US papers to promote trade is common.
It is not the same as a covert operation run by a national intelligence agency.