White House reprimands Trump for calling on Putin to defame Hunter Biden | Donald Trump

The White House sharply criticized Donald Trump on Wednesday over an interview in which the former president said Vladimir Putin must release potentially harmful information about Hunter Biden.

“What American, let alone an ex-president, thinks this is the right time to make a plan with Vladimir Putin and brag about his connections to Vladimir Putin?” said Kate Bedingfield, a White House spokesperson, when asked by reporters. “There’s only one, and that’s Donald Trump.”

Trump’s comments come amid a deadly Russian invasion of Ukraine that has displaced millions of people. In an interview on the TV show Just the News that raised unsubstantiated questions about Hunter Biden’s past business dealings in Russia, Trump said, “I think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it.”

Trump’s comments also came in a week when a federal judge ruled he’s “more likely than not” to have committed a felony trying to undo his January 6 election defeat, and as his company is still under investigation.

During the military buildup leading up to the invasion of Ukraine, Trump touted Putin as a “genius.” Once the attack started, he condemned it as “terrible”.

Trump’s long-running search for information about Hunter Biden that could be politically harmful to Joe Biden led to the first of his two charges, over claims he withheld millions in aid to pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of Mr. Biden to announce.

It is also not the first time that Trump has called on Russia for help to attack his political opponents. During his 2016 presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Republican publicly suggested that Russian hackers could help find Clinton emails, saying, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you get the 30,000 e emails.”

Reuters contributed to reporting

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