Trump denies quid pro quo with Ukraine

Says it's about corruption, not politics

AP News
October 04, 2019 - 12:11 pm

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is insisting that his call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden will have no bearing on upcoming high-stakes trade talks with the nation.

Trump is telling reporters at the White House Friday that, "one thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other."

Negotiations between the U.S. and China are set to resume next week as a protracted trade war continues.

Trump on Thursday publicly encouraged China to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter, snubbing his nose at an impeachment inquiry into whether a similar, private appeal to Ukraine violated his oath of office.

Trump says he believes China wants to make a deal.

President Trump is denying there was quid pro quo as he sought for the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden, and says he didn't do it for political purposes.

Trump says: "We are looking at corruption, we're not looking at politics."

He adds: "I believe there was tremendous corruption with Biden."

Trump has asked Ukraine and China to launch probes into the former vice president and 2020 Democratic hopeful, alleging without evidence that there was misconduct by Biden and his son, Hunter.

He claims his call for the investigations wasn't political, because "I never thought Biden was going to win" the primary.

Trump says of rooting out corruption: "I actually feel I have an obligation to do that."