The same week that President Donald Trump stood on the White House lawn before reporters and urged China to investigate his potential 2020 rival, one of his informal advisers received information about Joe Biden’s son, according to the Financial Times.
Michael Pillsbury, who is one of the White House’s informal advisers on China, told the FT that he “got a quite a bit of background on Hunter Biden from the Chinese.”
Pillsbury previously disclosed during an appearance on Fox Business that he mentioned Biden during his trip to China a week ago, saying, “I tried to bring up the topic in Beijing. I’ve never seen them get so secretive in my entire life.”
“They would discuss ICBM warheads sooner than talk about what Hunter Biden was doing in China with [former] vice-president Biden,” he added.
Pillsbury would not reveal whether Trump himself asked for Biden’s name to be raised during his visit to Beijing.
When FT pressed for details on the information Pillsbury received in China, he “would only say that it related to a $1.5bn payment from the Bank of China,” which lines up with claims Trump has made about Biden as well.
FT noted that to date, no one has backed up the allegation with evidence.