Trump Call With China's President Mentioning Biden Was Put On Secret Server
President Donald Trump’s call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday was not the first time he mentioned his potential political rival to the country’s president, according to CNN.
Though Trump said this week that he has never pressured President Xi Jinping launch a probe into Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, during a June 18 phone call with Xi, Trump brought up Biden’s political prospects — as well as those of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who began moving ahead in the polls this summer.
The two individuals CNN spoke with who were familiar with the call said Trump also “told Xi he would remain quiet on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed.”
Like Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president, the transcript of his June phone call with Xi was placed by the White House into a codeword-level national security system.
Asked about the phone conversation, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham did not deny that Trump mentioned Biden during the call but also offered no details.
"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," she said. "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."
The president said on Thursday that he would consider asking Xi to look into the Bidens, saying, "It's certainly something we can start thinking about, because I'm sure that President Xi does not like being under that kind of scrutiny."
Chinese officials reacted to Trump’s statement with surprise and reluctance saying “they have little interest in becoming embroiled in a US political controversy,” CNN reported.
"Are you asking about the comments that Trump just made? I don't think I can tell you anything in this regard right now," one Chinese diplomat said when asked about the president’s comments. "This is quite chaotic. We do not want to get in the middle of the US politics."