In a recent interview, former President Donald Trump called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide evidence about suspected dealings between Eastern European oligarchs and President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
The “Just the News” television show on the Real America’s Voice network revealed Trump’s statements in an interview with discredited far-right journalist John Solomon on Tuesday.
Trump based his assertions about Hunter Biden on the findings of a contentious, highly political Senate Republican inquiry into the Bidens, which was released only weeks before the 2020 election and revealed no fresh proof of misconduct.
Trump has pushed unsubstantiated assertions about Hunter Biden’s overseas business activities, claiming that he received millions of dollars from the wife of Moscow’s late mayor, Yury Luzhkov. “She gave him $3.5 million, so I’d expect Putin to know the answer now.” “I believe he should disclose it,” Trump said in the interview, which took place at his Florida club Mar-a-Lago. “I believe we should be aware of the solution.”
According to POLITICO, Trump omitted to reveal that in the late 1990s, he attempted to conduct business with Luzhkov’s regime. As late as 2016, Trump was pursuing high-profile real estate transactions in Russia, including a proposed Trump Tower Moscow. Trump’s statements elicited no response from a White House official.
Hunter Biden’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In 2020, Hunter Biden announced that the United States Attorney’s Office in Delaware was looking into his tax troubles. POLITICO also reported at the time that his finances were being investigated by the securities fraud section of the Southern District of New York.
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The federal tax probe involving Hunter Biden is gaining traction, according to the Wall Street Journal, with prosecutors in Delaware requesting information and grand jury testimony in recent weeks.
The former president’s latest interview is far from the first time he has proposed or outright asked that foreign nations intervene to harm his domestic political opponents. In 2016, Trump openly requested that the Russian government capture and reveal information from then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server during her time as Secretary of State.
In 2019, Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for allegedly withholding vital military supplies to Ukraine until President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced probes against the Bidens and other Democrats based on unfounded charges.
As the Russian president continues his over-month-long battle in Ukraine and Zelenskyy’s soldiers continue to repel the invaders, Trump’s fresh plea to Putin raises the specter of those scandals. Last month, Trump called Putin’s invasion of Ukraine “brilliant” and “clever,” and he said that Joe Biden was “almost providing [Putin] an incentive” to use nuclear weapons during the battle.
Trump responded by detailing how aggressive Putin has been under every president in the twenty-first century until him. “He took over Georgia, he took over Crimea, and now it seems like he’s taking over the globe,” Trump remarked, referring to Biden’s comments.
“During my four years, in fact, I was watching Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd the other day, which I don’t do often, and he asked I think [Secretary of State Antony] Blinken a question: ‘How come this didn’t happen during Trump’s four years in office?’ Do you have any idea what the solution was? ‘I’m not sure.’ However, I can assure you that we were quite severe on Russia.”
Former President Donald Trump also took the opportunity to say that he predicts that China’s Communist Party will “make a move shortly” against Taiwan. “China is going to make a move on Taiwan, and it will be a very forceful one,” Trump stated. “I’d say sooner rather than later,” says the author.
Now that the Olympics are over, people can see what fools we made of themselves in getting out of Afghanistan and the manner they got out. I was able to reduce the number of soldiers to 2,000, and the rest was simple. Nothing has ever been mismanaged, fumbled, or inept like this.
I believe that one of the major reasons for the difficulty you have with Ukraine is that when Putin, Xi, Kim Jong-un, and the Iranian leaders are watching, I believe they watched what occurred in Afghanistan and it gave them a new sense of authority and dignity.”
McDaniel then discussed how everyday Americans are hurting financially as a result of record-high gas costs and inflation created by Biden, among other things. She described Trump as a “voice” for those “forgotten” American workers, and she asked him what he would say to them now.