White House Aide: China Gave Info On Biden After Trump Urged Probe
Michael Pillsbury, an informal White House adviser on China, gave conflicting accounts to media organizations over whether China gave him information about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s activities in China around the time President Trump urged the country to investigate the Bidens, according to Business Insider.
The adviser first told The FInancial Times he received “quite a bit of background on Hunter Biden from the Chinese.”
“I tried to bring up the topic in Beijing,” Pillsbury said. “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 Vice President Biden.”
Just hours later, Pillsbury walked back on his statement, telling C-SPAN that he hadn’t spoken with FT in over a month.
Yet, FT’s Washington bureau chief released an email exchange between him and Pillsbury, in which Pillsbury wrote, “Actually, I got quite a bit of background on Hunter Biden from the Chinese.”
Pillsbury then told The Washington Post, “Most everything I learned was already public or well known.”
Although the adviser said he brought up the Biden issue with Chinese officials when he visited the country earlier in October, China’s foreign ministry spokesman denied the claim.
“China has long pursued the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” Geng Shuang said.