So Trump promised to abandon the people of China if their leader would work out a trade deal?
How is that not a quid pro quo?
Courtesy of CNN:
Thursday’s comments weren’t the first time Trump has injected Biden into his relationship with China, though he said Thursday he has never pushed Xi to investigate the former vice president. Nor is it the first time he has sought to trade favors with Xi, who this week celebrated the 70th birthday of his communist state with a note of congratulations from Trump.
During a phone call with Xi on June 18, Trump raised Biden’s political prospects as well as those of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who by then had started rising in the polls, according to two people familiar with the discussion. In that call, Trump also told Xi he would remain quiet on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed.
The White House record of that call was later stored in the highly secured electronic system used to house a now-infamous phone call with Ukraine’s President and which helped spark a whistleblower complaint that’s led Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Asked earlier this week about Trump’s call with Xi, the White House did not deny that he raised Biden.
“World leaders need to be able to speak freely in their conversations with the President–that is a key component to effective diplomacy. And that is why such conversations are kept confidential,” said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. “We are not going to start discussing the contents of every conversation President Trump has with world leaders, other than to say his conversations are always appropriate.”
After this story published, Warren reacted to news of Trump’s call with Xi, writing on Twitter, “Trump can say what he wants about me, but it’s outrageous that any president would sell out the people of Hong Kong behind closed doors. The public must see the transcript of Trump’s call with Xi. And we need a leader who will stand up for our values.”
This actually could be worse than Trump’s attempts to get the leaders of foreign countries to help him dig up dirt on Biden in exchange for political favors.
This is the leader of the free world saying that he will not mention the mistreatment of Chinese protesters if the leader of that country will give a little on trade negotiations.
Oh, and he also asked them to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.
In fact he once made that request in front of TV cameras.
At this point the House Democrats could impeach this guy with their eyes closed.