Steve Mnuchin tried to defend Trump Ukraine attack on Biden only to have CNN’s Jake Tapper blows holes in Trump plan by pointing out that Trump and his kids do the same thing.
TAPPER: If President Trump brings up this desire of his to have the Ukrainians investigate the Bidens — and, again, the Ukrainian prosecutor said on the record and the Ukrainian foreign minister have said on the record there is nothing there, they did look into it, and there is no evidence of wrongdoing — if president brings it up, will you say something? Will you say, I don’t think that is appropriate?
MNUCHIN: Again, my — my conversations between the president and I are confidential.
But let me just say, I find it interesting that we spend close to seven-and-a-half minutes talking about a political issue, and not talking about what is the real issue of the week, which is, Iran launched an attack on Saudi Arabia, which was not just about Saudi Arabia. It’s on the world economic system.
And this is a very, very significant issue. That’s really been our focus this week.
TAPPER: Well, I do want to talk about that.
But let me just close by asking, if, for instance, President Obama had pressured a foreign leader, Putin or the president of Ukraine, anyone, and said, I want you to look into Donald Trump Jr. or I want you to look into Eric Trump, international businessmen, both of them, would you not find that inappropriate?
MNUCHIN: Again, I’m not going to speculate on that.
What I do find inappropriate is the fact that Vice President Biden at the time’s son did very significant business dealings in Ukraine. I, for one, find that to be concerning. And, to me, that is the issue perhaps that should be further investigated.
TAPPER: I don’t understand.
So it is OK for Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump Jr. to do business all over the world, it’s OK for Ivanka Trump to have copyrights approved all over the world while President Trump is president, but while Vice President Joe Biden was vice president, his son shouldn’t have been able to do business dealings?
MNUCHIN: Again, I don’t — I don’t really want to go into more of these details, other than to say…
TAPPER: Well, you’re just setting a precedent that the president is violating.
The hypocrisy is knee-deep with Trump’s attempted attack on Biden, and it is why this gambit is going to backfire on the president. Does Trump really want reporters and Congress digging into his family’s financial dealings while he is in the Oval Office? Even worse, does he want Jared and Ivanka investigated for their financial dealings while they are working in the White House? It’s not 2016 anymore. Donald Trump is the establishment. He is no longer the outsider running for office. Trump is an incumbent president, with no Republican-controlled House of Representatives to do his dirty work.
If Trump wants to start looking at corrupt family business dealings while in the White House, there are a whole roster of House Committee Chairs who are already investigating the Trumps.
Joe Biden did nothing wrong.
The same can’t be said for Donald Trump and family.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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