Trump Told China He Would Stay Silent On Hong Kong Protests During Trade Talks
President Donald Trump reportedly told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he would refrain from speaking out about protests in Hong Kong as the U.S. and China continued trade negotiations, according to The Independent.
Trump made his promise to keep quiet on the human rights matter during a June phone call with Xi, at which time he reportedly also brought up former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s political prospects — both of whom are vying to run against the president in 2020.
CNN first reported the details of Trump’s phone call — a report that came after the president called upon China to investigate Biden while speaking to reporters on Thursday.
“China should start an investigation into the Bidens,” Trump said.
Trump’s urging of China to launch such a probe comes as he faces possible impeachment, echoing the very issue that sparked the impeachment inquiry last week.
House Democrats are examining Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, during which he asked Ukraine to investigate Biden as well.
Transcripts of both phone calls reportedly were stored on a server reserved for highly sensitive national security material, as opposed to their usual locations.