President Donald Trump, during a press conference in the Oval Office with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday morning, was asked by reporters to comment on an explosive story this week about a White House whistleblower.
“It’s just another partisan hack job,” said the president on Friday morning, adding that any conversations he had with world leaders at the White House were “always appropriate” and that he has consistently fought hard for the interests of this country.
The whistleblower’s complaint reportedly raised concerns about a conversation Trump had with a Ukrainian leader.
The complaint reportedly involved an apparent “promise” that Trump made to an unnamed foreign leader.
“In the latest development, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Thursday that the complaint relates to Ukraine. Fox News has not confirmed the reports,” the latter outlet noted on Friday morning.
“Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, seemed to acknowledge some effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate potential corruption related to the Biden family, though he gave conflicting answers on the matter in a CNN interview overnight. It remains unclear what the supposed ‘promise’ from Trump entailed,” Fox News also reported.
Trump said Friday the media’s focus instead should be on former Vice President Joe Biden’s ties to Ukraine.
“It doesn’t matter what I discussed, but I’ll tell you this,” he said in the Oval Office. “Somebody ought to look into Joe Biden’s statement.”
Trump said he did not know the identity of the whistleblower — but called the complaint “partisan” and “ridiculous.”
He said Biden appears to be getting a pass on this issue because he’s a Democrat.
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Former CIA Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash says Rudy Giuliani's claim that the whistleblower is part of the "deep state" is an effort to "silence anybody who sees wrongdoing by the president." https://t.co/nTvpcpV9ej
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