İrem UZUN -TDO- US President Donald Trump on Thursday again invited foreign interference in a US presidential election, calling on Ukraine and China to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden - similar to a request that has already triggered an impeachment inquiry in Congress. As he left the White House for a visit to Florida, Trump told reporters he believed Beijing should investigate Biden and his businessman son Hunter Biden despite there being no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president or his son. “China should start an investigation into the Biden’s because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened in Ukraine”, he said. US President said he had not directly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to investigate the Biden’s but it is "certainly something we could start thinking about".
Previously, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call in July to investigate Biden and his son over allegations of corruption. Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. Trump froze $400m in US aid to Ukraine shortly before he asked its president for the favour, prompting accusations from Democrats that he had misused US foreign policy for personal gain. Trump has maintained he did nothing wrong and has called the impeachment inquiry "witch-hunt garbage".
A spokeswoman for Joe Biden said Trump was "desperately clutching for conspiracy theories that have been debunked and dismissed by independent, credible news organizations".