Larry Kudlow, the White House chief economic adviser said on Monday pledged that there would be no connection between President Donald Trump's request that China investigate the Joe and Hunter Biden and the trade deal talks the two global superpowers.
Kudlow told reporters on the White House driveway that, “The president's view is there is no linkage between that and the trade talks.” He added, “I guarantee there will be no linkage."
The comments by the White House economic adviser came just days after Trump openly called on foreign leaders, including those from China and Ukraine, to investigate his political rival’s family.
Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn last Thursday, and urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. Trump also said that he wants China to launch its own investigation of both the ex-Vice President and his son.
Trump discussed the Ukraine and said, “Well, I would think that if they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Biden’s. It's a very simple answer. They should investigate the Biden’s. Likewise, China should start an investigation into the Biden’s. Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine."
Regardless of whether China launches an investigation into either ex-Vice President Joe Biden or his son, many people, both democrats and republicans, criticized Trump’s China related comments and expressed concern that the President’s comments will impact current trade talks.
When asked by several reporters if Trump was joking, in any way, about the potential Chinese investigation, Kudlow answered that, “I don’t honestly know.”