Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday before boarding Marine One, President Trump was questioned about whether he has directly asked Chinese President Xi to investigate the Bidens' business dealings.
"I haven't, but it's certainly something we can start thinking about because I'm sure that President Xi does not like being under that kind of scrutiny where billions of dollars is taken out of his country by a guy [Hunter Biden] that just got kicked out of the Navy. He got kicked out of the Navy, all of a sudden he's getting billions of dollars. You know what they call that? They call that a pay off," Trump said.
"I think [Joe] Biden is going down and I think his 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. And basically who are they really scamming? The USA. And it's not good. And that's probably why China for so many years has had a sweetheart deal where China rips off the USA because they deal with people like Biden where they give the son a billion and a half dollars, and that's probably why China has such a sweetheart deal that for so many years they've been ripping off our country," he continued.
President Trump: "China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine. So, I would say that President Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend that they start an investigation into the Bidens." pic.twitter.com/Xia8vLUVT2— CSPAN (@cspan) October 3, 2019
Meanwhile, the claims of Biden corruption in Ukraine aren't going over well with voters...and former Vice President Joe Biden should be worried.
This result from Monmouth poll should scare the pants off the Biden campaign -- or *whomever* becomes the Dem nominee.— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) October 2, 2019
Despite all of the fact-checks, the no evidence of wrongdoing, the fact that Ukraine prosecutor's investigation was already dormant... https://t.co/qKXCUTgAXU pic.twitter.com/owzqnrvgdH
For anyone who’s read the massive, fascinating @NewYorker feature from July, “Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?” you know the real story isn’t Ukraine, it’s China. Get ready. Trump is Overton Window’ing this story into the mainstream. https://t.co/TXrIdISsba— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) October 3, 2019
The campaign has attempted to fight the allegations, which are being amplified by the White House, and released a statement about President Trump's statements earlier today.
Biden campaign statement >>— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) October 3, 2019
“What Donald Trump just said on the South Lawn of the White House was this election's equivalent of his infamous 'Russia, if you're listening' moment from 2016 — a grotesque choice of lies over truth and self over the country.” pic.twitter.com/Qmxb3gahPf