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Politics Cruz denounces Trump's call for China to probe Bidens

23:05  13 october  2019
23:05  13 october  2019 Source:   politico.com

Fact-checking Trump's claims about the Bidens in China

  Fact-checking Trump's claims about the Bidens in China Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday, President Donald Trump widened his requests for foreign leaders to investigate his political opponent, repeating accusations about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter's involvement with Ukraine and China. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Specifically, Trump said that, "China should start an investigation into the Bidens," alleging that they received a "payoff" worth billions.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) denounced President Donald Trump’s call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, becoming one of only a handful of Republican senators to openly criticize the brazen request for foreign interference in the 2020 election.

Ted Cruz wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Ted Cruz.© Mark Wilson/Getty Images Sen. Ted Cruz.

“Of course not,” Cruz said to host Margaret Brennan during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that aired Sunday, when questioned whether it was appropriate for Trump to ask Beijing to probe the Biden family.

“Elections in the U.S. should be decided by Americans, and it's not the business of foreign countries, any foreign countries, to be interfering in our elections,” he continued.

China vows not to ‘interfere’ after Trump asks for Biden probe

  China vows not to ‘interfere’ after Trump asks for Biden probe Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday that China “will not interfere in the internal affairs of the U.S.,” after President Trump urged Beijing to probe his political rival, Joe Biden, amid an impeachment inquiry in Washington. “[W]e trust that the American people will be able to sort out their own problems,” the Global Times, a party-affiliated newspaper, reported Wang as saying.

Trump earlier this month declared from the White House lawn that the governments of China and Ukraine should investigate the Bidens — despite facing an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats for pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to do just that during a July phone call.

Some GOP senators, who could become Trump’s jurors in an impeachment trial, have struggled to comment on those remarks by the president during conversations with journalists and constituents.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) refused to answer reporters’ questions on the topic during an exchange that went viral online. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) was also mocked on social media for her evasive reply to a voter at a town hall. And Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) bothsuggested Trump was either joking or not serious.

But Cruz was less equivocal in his interview Sunday, asserting that “foreign countries should stay out of” U.S. elections.

“That's true for Russia, that's true for Ukraine, that's true for China, that's true for all of them,” he said. “It should be the American people deciding elections.”

Lindsey Graham: Trump asking China to investigate Biden 'was stupid' but not impeachable .
Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks it was a "stupid" move for President Trump to ask China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.In a Sunday Axios HBO interview, the South Carolina Republican declined to call Trump's request an impeachable action but nonetheless joined a handful of Senate Republicans in admonishing the president. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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