The president openly called on China’s Xi to probe a political rival amid the furor over his Ukraine call.
President Donald Trump on Thursday called for China to open an investigation into the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for Florida, the president confirmed that he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open a corruption investigation into the Bidens, but brought up China unprompted.
“Likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens,” the president told reporters. “Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”
Trump has repeatedly hammered Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings over the last few weeks as he’s defended asking the Ukrainian president to open an investigation into the family. That July phone call, and a whistleblower complaint raising alarms about his request, have landed the president in the middle of an impeachment inquiry in Congress.
Trump and his allies have claimed that Hunter Biden convinced China to put $1.5 billion in a fund for an investment firm he had a stake in, assertions lawyers for the former vice president’s son have denied. The president and his allies have also suggested that Biden used his father’s influence to get ahead in business.
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