President Donald Trump on Thursday urged China to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, on the eve of restarted trade negotiations between the two economic superpowers.
Trump, speaking outside the White House before departing for Florida, mentioned China after reiterating his call for Ukraine to launch a probe into Biden and his son — a request he made in a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that kickstarted a House impeachment inquiry last week.
“I would think that if they were honest about it they’d start a major investigation into the Bidens,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked what he wanted Zelensky to do about the Bidens following his July 25 phone call.
Trump doubled down on unsubstantiated allegations that Biden and his son engaged in corrupt behavior by publicly calling on China to open a probe.
“They should investigate the Bidens,” Trump said. “Likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”
The president said he had not explicitly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to open an investigation, but that it’s “certainly something we can start thinking about.”
“I would say that President Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend they start an investigation into the Bidens,” the president continued.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 3, 2019