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Politics Republicans recycle defense that Trump was joking about China investigating the Bidens

21:05  07 october  2019
21:05  07 october  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Trump’s request that China investigate the Bidens is his most brazen yet. It might also be the most problematic.

  Trump’s request that China investigate the Bidens is his most brazen yet. It might also be the most problematic. Asking a foreign country for a politically convenient investigation is one thing; doing it in the middle of a trade war is quite another.The first time, when Trump asked Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s “missing emails,” his campaign insisted he was joking. The second time, when Trump asked Ukraine’s president to launch two other politically convenient investigations, we learned about it only after the administration tried to keep it under wraps.

As Republican lawmakers struggle to defend President Trump’s call for Ukraine and China to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election, some have trotted out a defense often employed by the White House: Trump was joking.

Four Republican congressmen in the past four days have said Trump was not serious when he said this from the White House South Lawn on Thursday about former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter:

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.

“China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”

You can watch Trump’s remarks and the Republican response in the video above.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was twice asked on Friday whether it was appropriate for Trump to ask China to investigate the Bidens. He dodged twice.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) was asked about Trump’s China ask three times on Sunday. He dodged three times.

And Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Sunday was asked 11 times in 11 minutes whether Trump’s request was appropriate. He dodged 11 times.

That Republicans are refusing to directly defend or criticize Trump is not surprising: Recent polling shows while there has been an uptick in support for impeachment, Trump’s approval rating remains relatively steady.

Trump asserts he has 'absolute right' to ask other countries for help probing corruption

  Trump asserts he has 'absolute right' to ask other countries for help probing corruption President Trump on Thursday night defended his push for foreign governments to investigate allegations of corruption, asserting he has an "absolute right" to call for such help from a foreign power amid blowback over his push for probes into former Vice President Joe Biden. © Getty Trump asserts he has 'absolute right' to ask other countries for help probing corruption "As the President of the United States, I have an absolute right, perhaps even a duty, to investigate, or have investigated, CORRUPTION, and that would include asking, or suggesting, other Countries to help us out!" Trump tweeted.

That Republicans are attempting to defend Trump with some variation of suggesting he was joking, kidding or being sarcastic is perhaps less surprising: Trump and his allies have downplayed at least 15 different claims of his over the past four years by pointing to Trump’s sarcasm, as The Fix reported earlier this year.

One of those 15 claims Trump later said he was joking about? Calling for Russia to interfere in the 2016 election by finding Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.

Cruz denounces Trump's call for China to probe Bidens .
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. © 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.

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