Amid all the scrutiny over the call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, it’s become clear that the president has little if any privacy in speaking with foreign leaders thanks to the steady leaks of his calls.
With the liberal media whipped into a lather over the Democratic Party’s headlong push for impeachment, the piling on is in full effect and CNN reported late Thursday on the leaked contents of Trump’s call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, citing “two people familiar with the discussion.”
This followed President Trump telling reporters earlier in the day on the White House South Lawn that China should look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, over questionable business dealings in that nation.
“By the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” Trump said.
Hunter accompanied his father on an official visit to China in 2013 while seeking Chinese investments for a new equity fund he was forming, and Hunter’s equity fund received its Chinese license just 10 days after the trip, according to NBC News.
Hunter Biden acknowledged meeting with Jonathan Li, a Chinese banker and his partner in the fund during the trip, though his spokesman claimed that it was just a social visit.
Trump accused him of using his trip on Air Force Two to procure $1.5 billion from China for his fund.
“When Biden’s son walks out of China with $1.5 billion in a fund, and the biggest funds in the world can’t get money out of China, and he’s there for one quick meeting and he flies in on Air Force Two, I think that’s a horrible thing,” Trump told reporters last month.
More from CNN on the leaked call with the Chinese leader:
During a phone call with Xi on June 18, Trump raised Biden’s political prospects as well as those of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who by then had started rising in the polls, according to two people familiar with the discussion. In that call, Trump also told Xi he would remain quiet on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed.
The White House record of that call was later stored in the highly secured electronic system used to house a now-infamous phone call with Ukraine’s President and which helped spark a whistleblower complaint that’s led Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump.
While these are only allegations — at least for now — White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham defended the president’s right to privacy on such calls.
“World leaders need to be able to speak freely in their conversations with the President — that is a key component to effective diplomacy,” Grisham said. “And that is why such conversations are kept confidential. We are not going to start discussing the contents of every conversation President Trump has with world leaders, other than to say his conversations are always appropriate.”
Right on cue, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi jumped on the new angle, asking what the president promised China.
“What did [Trump] promise China in exchange for interfering in our election?” she asked on Twitter. “An easier deal on trade? Ignoring crackdown on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement? Condoning repression of religious freedom?
What did @realDonaldTrump promise China in exchange for interfering in our election? An easier deal on trade? Ignoring crackdown on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement? Condoning repression of religious freedom? #TruthExposed
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 4, 2019
And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., took time out from her fading presidential efforts to call on the White House to release transcripts of the China call, as was done with the call with Ukraine.
We need to know who else Donald Trump has sought favors from. The White House should release records of his calls with the Chinese president. Now. pic.twitter.com/5tjG8k9PHg
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 3, 2019
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