This has come out of nowhere…
President Donald Trump said Thursday that Hunter Biden and his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, should also be investigated for corruption by China.
“Likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as Ukraine,” Trump said.
As he traveled to Florida for an event defending Medicare, the president spoke to reporters outside the White House.
Trump said he hadn’t brought up with Chinese President Xi Jinping the idea of investigating the Bidens, but liked the idea.
“I haven’t, but clearly it’s something we should start thinking about,” he said.
Trump estimated that President Xi would not appreciate an investigation into the dealings between Hunter Biden and China.
“I’m sure that President Xi doesn’t like that kind of scrutiny, where billions of dollars is taken out of his country by a guy that got kicked out of the Navy,” Trump said. “You know what they call that? They call it a payoff.”
A $1.5 billion investment deal with the Bank of China was scored by Hunter Biden’s financial firm just days after he traveled with his father to visit the country in 2013.
In June, attorneys for Hunter Biden confirmed to ABC News that despite questions about his role in a Chinese investment fund, Biden remains in his position.
Trump claimed that Hunter Biden’s comfortable connection with China was part of why China maintained excellent ties with the administration of former President Barack Obama.
“That’s probably why China, for so many years, has had a sweetheart deal, where China rips off the USA,” Trump said.
The president also reiterated his call for Ukraine to explore the Bidens when journalists again questioned what he believed Ukrainian authorities were supposed to do with Biden.
“I would think that if they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens,” he said. “It’s a very simple answer. They should investigate the Bidens.”
Trump said that obviously Hunter Biden was not eligible for a Ukrainian energy company’s board role as his father was heading the country’s crackdown on corruption.
“Nobody has any doubt that they weren’t crooked, that was a crooked deal 100 percent,” he said.
Biden flatly denied Trump’s allegations in a speech on Thursday, insisting that he did nothing wrong in Ukraine.
He berated Trump for asking the Ukrainian president to investigate him, calling his conversation an abuse of power.
“He did it because like bully in history he’s afraid, he’s afraid of just how badly he will be beaten in November… of 2020,” Biden said.
The former vice president pushed back against Trump’s accusations in a speech on Thursday, vowing to stay in the race.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Biden said to Trump. “You are not going to destroy me and you’re not going to destroy my family. I don’t care how much money you spend Mr. President or how dirty the attacks get.”
But Trump told reporters that Biden was “going down” because of the obvious corruption in China and Ukraine.
“I think that Biden is going down and I think this whole situation, because now you may very well find that there are many other countries that they scammed, just like they scammed China and Ukraine,” Trump said. “And basically who are they really scamming? The USA and that’s not good.”