President Trump asserts the powers and prerogatives of his office:
President Donald Trump said that he has “an absolute right” to investigate corruption and, as part of that duty, ask other countries to help the United States in various probes.
“As the President of the United States, I have an absolute right, perhaps even a duty, to investigate, or have investigated, CORRUPTION, and that would include asking, or suggesting, other Countries to help us out!” Trump said late Oct. 3.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump said China and Ukraine should investigate what former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who was involved with businesses in both countries, were doing there in the past.
Trump said in another missive on Twitter that his calls for investigations aren’t “about a campaign” but “about corruption on a massive scale!”
“As President I have an obligation to end CORRUPTION, even if that means requesting the help of a foreign country or countries. It is done all the time,” he added on Friday morning.
“This has NOTHING to do with politics or a political campaign against the Bidens. This does have to do with their corruption!”
It occurs to me that Trump likes to provoke his enemies by taking actions that look outrageous but are in fact perfectly legal and even reasonable. This causes the Democrats and the media to overreact horribly, beclowning themselves in the process, while Trump emerges unscathed because he hasn’t actually done anything wrong.
Spin it however you want (“an extraordinary request for help from a foreign power that could benefit him in next year’s election”!!!), but suggesting out loud that China should investigate Biden is not even remotely illegal, unconstitutional, or an abuse of power in any way, shape or form. How does the Left think this would work, anyway? That China will obey Trump’s televised request for dirt on Biden? Chairman Xi Jinping will get on right on it, I’m sure… because he’s the kind of guy who loves to be told what to do, and anyway, we all know how desperate he is for Trump to win reelection so the Great Trade War can continue for another four years.