Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was one of the few Republican legislators who publicly criticized President Trump for inviting China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
"Of course not," Cruz said when he was asked a question about CBS's "Face The Nation" regarding Trump's call to China to conduct an investigation into the Biden's business in the country. Biden is one of the leading Democratic presidential candidates and one who could be Trump's biggest threat in 2020.
"US elections should be decided by Americans, and it's not the business of foreigners, any foreigners. We should get involved in our elections," Cruz said.
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White House: "China should initiate investigations against the Bidens." He said he had not previously asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to investigate the former vice president and his son Hunter, but it is "certainly something we could think about." 19659003] By publicly addressing China, Trump reinforced the message he had delivered privately to the President of Ukraine. This message, revealed by a government whistleblower, has sparked Parliament's impeachment investigation.
Trump, who has defended his contact with Ukraine as a "perfect", has further expanded his call to China, a communist world power, to put much at stake in its relations with the United States in a continuing trade war.
The boldness of Trump's call on Thursday also suggests that he will continue to act as if calling on other countries to investigate potential opponents in the 2020 election would be normal given the widespread condemnation of Democrats and some Republicans. It is a tactic that Trump has already successfully used to publicize questionable secret conversations and to vaccinate him against allegations of shameful acts, cover-ups or violations of the judiciary.
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In the case of Ukraine and China, Trump raised allegations against Biden, without any evidence of misconduct If you are in a difficult situation, Parliament should vote to accuse the President.
While many GOP senators have rejected or downplayed Trump's words, Cruz did not hold back on Sunday, relentlessly claiming that "foreign countries should stay away from" US elections.
"That goes for Russia, it's for Ukraine, it's for China, it's for everyone," he said. "It should be the American people who decide on elections."
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tweet and imply that he was gone. Trump's tweet came hours after Hunter Biden's lawyer announced that his client was leaving the board of a Chinese company and vowed he would not work with foreign companies when his father became president.
"Where is Hunter? He totally disappeared! "Trump tweeted. "Now it looks like he has attacked and cheated on even more countries! Media is AWOL. "Trump did not go into the countries or alleged frauds.
Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.