President Trump on Sunday may have shown a preview of this week’s upcoming presidential debate when he asked reporters at the White House why — in his opinion — they have been reluctant to look into Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s business involvement in Russia, Ukraine, and China while his father was vice president.
“If we had a media that was fair — even just reasonable — this would be the biggest story for years and years,” Trump said. “Then you’d be entitled to real Pulitzer Prizes, not the fake committee that gives away these fake awards.”
Trump’s comment was made after the New York Times released a report that he avoided paying taxes for 10 of the past 15 years. Trump called the Times’ report another example of fake news.
Trump has brought up Hunter Biden in the past and two Republican-led Senate committees issued a report last week alleging that the work Hunter Biden did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration. His father had taken the lead on some initiatives dealing with Keiv.
The report did not implicate Joe Biden in wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son, who it said “cashed in” on his father’s position by joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
Donald Trump Jr. on Sunday took to Twitter to call out a wire transfer to Hunter Biden for $3.5 million from the billionaire widow of the former mayor of Moscow. He also called out the media.
“Hunter Biden received $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the billionaire widow of Yury Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow a known associate of Vladimir Putin. Where are our fearless “journalists” now that there’s a real Russia connection?” Trump Jr. tweeted.
Trump Jr. linked his tweet to a story from the New York Post that said the revelation was made in an 87-page report from Senate Republicans last week.
The president asked reporters, “Why did he get $3.5 million? I’ll tell you why: Because Joe Biden was in on it. Joe was in on it. There’s no way that he wasn’t.”
Elena Baturina, the richest woman in Russia, “became Russia’s only female billionaire when her plastics company, Inteko, received a series of Moscow municipal contracts while her husband was mayor,” the GOP report said.
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News seeking comment.
Mediaite reported that Trump is planning to attack Joe Biden over his son. The website pointed to a recent report in the Washington Post that said the president “has told associates he wants to talk specifically about his opponent’s son Hunter Biden and mused that the debates are when ‘people will finally realize Biden is just not there.”