The tweets came after a full day of attacks against the Democratic presidential nominee by Trump administration officials and allies who demanded investigations of Biden and his son Hunter despite a lack of evidence of wrongdoing, as The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim and Felicia Sonmez reported.
Trump repeated those claims on Sunday night, again without any evidence, writing, “Sleepy Joe Biden, on the other hand, forced a tough prosecutor out from investigating his son’s company by threat of not giving big dollars to Ukraine.”
“That’s the real story!” Trump added.
Although the intelligence community’s inspector general found the complaint credible and urgent enough to disclose to congressional committees, Trump has repeatedly insisted he did nothing wrong and his administration has refused to share details of the complaint with Congress.
“Now the Fake News Media says I ‘pressured the Ukrainian President at least 8 times during my telephone call with him,’” Trump tweeted. “This supposedly comes from a so-called ‘whistleblower’ who they say doesn’t even have a first hand account of what was said. More Democrat/Crooked Media con …”
Trump then apparently referenced a Saturday story in which Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told a local television station that “I think there was no pressure” from Trump on the call with Zelensky, as Reuters reported. (Zelensky has yet to comment on the case.)
“Breaking News: The Ukrainian Government just said they weren’t pressured at all during the ‘nice’ call,” Trump tweeted.
Earlier Sunday, though, the president appeared to confirm with reporters outside the White House that he had brought up Biden and his son with Zelensky on the call.
“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place, was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son, creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine,” Trump said on Sunday morning. “And Ukraine, Ukraine’s got a lot of problems.”
The story is likely to dominate Trump’s week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he arrived on Sunday — and where he’s scheduled to meet Zelensky on Wednesday.