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Donald Trump calls for China to investigate Bidens

He said he hadn't previously asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to investigate the former vice president and his son Hunter, but it's "certainly something we could start thinking about".

Trump's request is also a recipe for bad trade policy, said trade experts. That message, revealed by a government whistleblower, has spawned the impeachment investigation by the House. It's a tactic Trump has used successfully before, pushing questionable secret conversations into the open, helping to inoculate him against charges that he is engaged in nefarious action, cover-ups or obstruction of justice.

"Calling on one of our great rivals in the world, the Chinese regime, to investigate his political opponent", Burns, who served as the top US diplomat to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation under former President George W. Bush and later as the under secretary of state for political affairs, said during an interview with MSNBC, "it's wrong to do that".

The video was an attack on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, but it also featured an altered version of a video from Nickelback for its single Photograph.

While Volker testified, Ohio Republican Michael R. Turner, an Intelligence Committee member, released a statement calling Schiff's investigation a "show trial", adding that he does "not believe that Volker's testimony advanced Schiff's impeachment agenda". The photo has gotten substantial play on conservative media sites this week to bolster Trump's claims that the Bidens engaged in wrongdoing when Biden was vice president and Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. On Monday, Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called the allegation that Chinese government business gave Biden's son $1.5 billion "totally groundless".

"While it's unrealistic to just not deal with Trump and his team, countries will be even more wary about his requests and more resistant to his pressures", says Duke University's Professor Jentleson. "So we told them we wouldn't attend", said Marc Short, the vice president's chief of staff, using an abbreviation for the U.S. Secret Service. He's also calling on China, which is run by an authoritarian government, to investigate a USA citizen.

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"It's a very simple answer", Trump said, of his call with Zelenskiy. "They call that a payoff".

"The Chinese might be tempted to help Trump out and get a better trade deal, but I doubt they will interfere so directly in US politics", agreed Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"I think the American people have a right to know if the vice president of the United States or his family profited from his position as vice president during the last administration", Pence said.

At one point in the now-famous July 25 White House phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the young Ukrainian president shares a bit of information that seemed sure to go over well with his interlocutor: When last in the United States, he lodged in one of Mr. Trump's properties.

Biden campaign Chairman Cedric Richmond dismissed Trump's assertions as a reflection of the president's concerns about facing Biden in his re-election campaign.

"The former vice president, at least in personal conversations, didn't raise any requests to open or close any concrete cases", Poroshenko said in a statement on October 2, reported Bloomberg.

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