On Sunday, Jim Jordan furthered what could be a new GOP strategy, President Donald Trump’s seriousness in asking China to investigate the Biden family.
In an animated exchange on ABC with host George Stephanopoulos, Jordan is one of the president’s most vocal supporters who evaded answering “yes” or “no” to the query of whether Trump’s request for foreign powers to investigate a political rival was appropriate.
Trump on Thursday pulled China into the midst of the rising furor over the president’s request for assistance from Ukraine in investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Throughout a press gaggle on Thursday, Trump stated China should “begin an investigation” into Biden because “what occurred in China is nearly as bad as what occurred with Ukraine.”
On Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) informed reporters in Florida that it wasn’t “an actual request,” and Trump was “just needling the press.” Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) followed suit on Sunday, saying on CBS, “I doubt the China comment was serious.”
Still, some Republicans have split from that line of defense, the newest being Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who on Saturday said Trump made a “huge mistake by asking China to get involved.” She is the third Republican senator to publicly criticize the president on this matter, joining Utah’s Mitt Romney and Nebraska’s Ben Sasse.