President Donald Trump admits to discussing Biden in talks with Ukrainian President

Posted at 5:01 PM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-22 19:01:42-04

On Sunday President Trump admitted to discussing political opponent Joe Biden with the newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.

Trump had told reporters before departing on a trip to Texas that the foreign leader and himself were discussing corruption in Ukraine and how former Vice-President Biden and his son had contributed to the corruption in the country.

The Wall Street Journal reported Mr. Trump persuaded Zelensky to investigate the Bidens eight times.

President Trump and Rudy Giuliani, Trumps personal attorney, had accused Biden of being ill-fitted in 2016 by pushing Ukraine to get rid of then-prosecutor general Viktor Shokin. Shokin had then opened an investigation into an Ukrainian natural gas company whose board members included Hunter Biden, former vice president's son.

Joe Biden had told CBS on Saturday that he denied speaking with his son about any of the business dealings his son had dealt with, then continued to accuse the president of "violating every basic norm of a president" by having a foreign leader investigate the son of a potential political opponent.

President Trump is set to meet with Zelensky at the UN General Assembly in New York later this week.

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