1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"(Reporter) What exactly did you hope Zelenskiy would do about the Bidens after your phone call?
Well I would think that if they were honest about it, they'd start a major investigation into the Bidens. It's a very simple answer. They should investigate the Bidens because how does a company that's newly formed and all these companies if you look at, and by the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens. Because what happened to China is just about as bad as what happened with, with Ukraine. So I would say that President Zelenskiy, if it were me, I would recommend that they start an investigation into the Bidens because nobody has any doubt that they weren't crooked. That was a crooked deal, 100 present. He had no knowledge of energy, didn't know the first thing about it, all of a sudden he's getting fifty thousand dollars a month, plus a lot of other things. Nobody has any doubt. And they got rid of a prosecutor who is a very tough prosecutor. They got rid of him. Now they're trying to make it the opposite way. But they got rid So if I were the president, I would certainly recommend that, of Ukraine.
(Reporter) Have you asked President Xi to investigate?
I haven't but it's certainly something we could 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 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 payoff."
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"Well I think 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've scammed, just like they've 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 like people with Biden where they give their 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."
President Donald Trump is calling on China to probe former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump is already ensnarled in an impeachment investigation over his request of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House Thursday as he departed for an event in Florida, Trump said, "China should start an investigation into the Bidens."
Trump said he hadn't directly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to investigate Biden and his son Hunter but said it's "certainly something we could start thinking about."
There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by the Bidens.
Trump and personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have also tried to raise suspicions about Hunter Biden's business dealings in China, leaning on the writings of conservative author Peter Schweizer. But there is no evidence that the former vice president benefited financially from his son's business relationships.
Trump's requests for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to dig up dirt on Biden, as well as Giuliani's conduct, are at the center of an intelligence community whistleblower complaint that sparked the House Democratic impeachment probe last week.
Trump's comments came as he publicly acknowledged that his message to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and other officials was to investigate the 2020 Democratic presidential contender. Trump's accusations of impropriety are unsupported by evidence.
"It's a very simple answer," Trump said of his call with Zelenskiy. "They should investigate the Bidens."
Trump has sought to implicate Biden and his son in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine.
Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time his father was leading the Obama administration's diplomatic dealings with Kyiv. Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either the former vice president or his son.