Trump doesn't deny asking world leader about Biden

Source: Politico | September 20, 2019 | Quint Forgey

The president’s remarks are sure to escalate tensions between the White House and Congress over a whistleblower complaint.

President Donald Trump on Friday did not deny that he discussed former Vice President Joe Biden with a foreign leader during a conversation that is reportedly the subject of a hotly contested whistleblower complaint.

Instead, Trump claimed the allegations against him were lodged by a “partisan” intelligence official — despite acknowledging that he did not know the official’s identity — and asserted that his exchanges with fellow heads of government are “always appropriate.”

He told reporters in the Oval Office that “it doesn’t matter what I discussed” with the foreign leader but went on to say that “somebody ought to look into Joe Biden’s statement” regarding Ukraine.

The remarks from the president are sure to escalate tensions between the White House and Democratic members of Congress seeking access to the complaint, which acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to turn over to lawmakers.

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