President Trump on Thursday said Ukraine and China should investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
“I would say President (Volodymyr) Zelensky, if it was me, I would start an investigation into the Bidens,” Trump told reporters at the White House, referring to the Ukrainian leader. “China should start an investigation into the Bidens,” he added.
The president was responding to questions about what he wanted Zelensky to do with regard to the Bidens.
He also said China should launch an investigation into the Bidens “because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened in Ukraine.”
Asked if he had requested President Xi to help probe the Bidens, Trump replied: “I haven’t but it’s certainly something we can start thinking about.”
Trump also said a delegation from China would come to the US next week for renewed trade talks – while he has maintained a tough line on the trade war with the economic powerhouse.
The president also repeated his criticism of a whistleblower complaint, saying it was “total fiction” and again said his conversation with Zelensky was “absolutely perfect.”
While the commander in chief has repeatedly accused the Bidens of corruption, there is no evidence of wrongdoing by either of them.
Trump claims that the former vice president wanted former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin out because he was investigating Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian company that gave Hunter a seat on its board, paying him up to $50,000 a month.
“That was a crooked deal — 100 percent. He had no knowledge of energy. Didn’t know the first thing about it. All of the sudden he’s getting $50,000 a months plus a lot of other things. Nobody has any doubt. They got rid of a prosecutor, who was a really tough prosecutor. But they got rid of him,” Trump said Thursday.
Trump made his comments a day after he used profanity to lash out at Democrats investigating his call with the leader of Ukraine as part of an impeachment inquiry in the House.
He has been railing against Democrats, especially Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who has become the public face of the impeachment effort.
His committee last week released the whistleblower complaint that revealed Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky in which Trump asked him to investigate the Bidens.
Trump, who also has suggested Schiff be arrested for treason, on Thursday said the whistleblower’s complaint is “totally inaccurate because the conversation that I had was absolutely perfect and most people who read it said the same thing.
“The whistleblower never saw the conversation. He got his information, I guess, second or third hand. He wrote something that was total fiction. And now when people see that. They’re not happy,” he said.
Trump also was asked why he got rid of US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was unexpectedly recalled from her post last May.
“I don’t know if I recalled her or somebody recalled her, but I heard very, very bad things about her for a very long period of time — not good,” he said.
After speaking at the White House, the president departed to Florida, where he is expected to unveil an executive order aimed at strengthening the Medicare health program for seniors, seeking to improve its fiscal position and offer more affordable plan options.
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