Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump said that China should open up and investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, for their actions in the country while the former was in office.
Trump was asked by a reporter what he expected to see Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky do after asking him to look into the investigation of a Ukrainian national gas company that used to employ Hunter as a board member while his father was vice president.
"Well I would think that, if they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens," Trump answered. "It's a very simple answer; They should investigate the Bidens."
In 2018, Joe Biden bragged about getting the prosecutor in the case getting fired over a $1 billion loan guarantee while he was still in office.
"Likewise," Trump continued, "China should start an investigation in to the Bidens, because what happened in China was just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine."
POTUS this morning: "China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just abo… https://t.co/Whzn8aN44q— Nate Madden (@Nate Madden)1570113966.0
So what happened in China? Back in 2013, Hunter Biden's company struck a massive $1 billion investment fund deal with a government owned-bank that was later increased to $1.5 billion, according to the 2018 Peter Schweizer book "Secret Empires." The hangup was that the deal was announced just days after Hunter flew to China on Air Force Two with his dad and a U.S. delegation. A recent NBC report on the China deal also details that the business license for the fund was issued just 10 days later with Hunter Biden as a member of the board.
Last week, the Republican National Committee challenged former Vice President Biden to release transcripts of his phone conversations with Chinese leaders, as well as those of the Ukraine, as Trump had done with his July phone call with Zelensky.
The July phone call — and the resulting whistleblower's complaint about it — are the basis for Washington Democrats' latest efforts to impeach President Trump.