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Trump getting help pushing Biden-China smears from old allies like Steve Bannon

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Even as President Donald Trump’s shady phone call with the Ukrainian president threatens him with impeachment, his allies are trying to cook up corruption allegations against Joe Biden’s family dealings in China.

The president evidently tied U.S. aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information against Biden, rooted in allegations made by conservative writer Peter Scheizer, who’s now trying to hype a second line of attack, reported The Daily Beast.

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Schweizer, whose 2016 book “Clinton Cash” underpinned Trump campaign claims against the Democratic nominee that were then amplified by foreign trolls, is trying to smear Hunter Biden for doing business in Ukraine and China, and Trump allies like Steve Bannon and anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney are working to promote the scheme.

“Joe Biden’s gotta come one hundred percent clean on his relationship and his family’s relationship with the [Chinese Communist Party],” Bannon said at an April conference. “We need to know every piece of involvement that Joe Biden has had with the Chinese Communist Party, the Bank of China and all the financial institutions in China.”

Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani — who has been deeply involved in the Ukrainian efforts — has eagerly hyped the China story, although he won’t reveal whether he and the president have discussed the matter.

“I’ve done nothing on China but repeat what others have reported but it really looks bad,” Giuliai told the website. “It’s arguably worse than Ukraine.”

Schweizer’s 2018 book “Secret Empires” tried to link Hunter Biden’s investment firm Rosemont Seneca to the vice president’s government duties, and Giuliani has boosted the book’s claims about a $1.5 billion private equity deal between the firm and the Bank of China.

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Biden’s campaign insists Schweizer’s claims are “a roundly debunked conspiracy theory,” and the book does not establish any connection between the vice president’s 2013 trip to Beijing and Rosemont’s deal.

Hunter Biden’s attorneys have said he wasn’t even an equity owner when the elder Biden served as vice president, and he has denied conducting any business on that 2013 trip.


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Morning Joe’s Mika: Thousands are dying of COVID-19 because Trump is ‘surrounded by inexperienced suck-ups’

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MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski got right to the point on Tuesday morning by saying people are getting sick and dying in the U.S. because Donald Trump is surrounded by a collection of "suck-ups" who won't tell him the brutal truth about what is happening in the country.

As part of a "Morning Joe" panel discussion on the failings of the Trump administration to head off of the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the country -- despite ample warnings it was on the way -- Brzezinski, as well as co-host Willie Geist, levied some hard accusations against the president and his team.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika reveal why Trump likely ignored startlingly accurate COVID-19 memos

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski rebuked President Donald Trump for apparently ignoring startlingly accurate warnings from trade adviser Peter Navarro about the coronavirus pandemic.

Navarro's memos were circulated at the highest levels of government in January and February, but the president downplayed the virus until early March, when statewide lockdowns started wrecking the U.S. economy.

"In one worst-case scenario cited in the memo, Navarro warned that more than half a million Americans could die, and, yet, weeks after that, you had Donald Trump at rallies saying that in April when it warms up, this will miraculously go away," Scarborough said. "Put this in context with, I suppose you could say with 9/11, the memos warning of al-Qaeda attacks using airplanes, maybe missed signals FDR didn't pick up on before Pearl Harbor. I really don't know, though, what parallel there can be, because so many more people are going to die because of these missed signals."

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‘One failure after another’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe busts tragic COVID-19 mistakes Trump keeps trying to deny

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough lamented the repeated failures and missed opportunities by President Donald Trump as he faced the coronavirus outbreak.

The "Morning Joe" host criticized the president for claiming it was not the federal government's job to test Americans for the virus, and instead shifted responsibility to the states and their governors.

"This is a perfect 'the buck stops here' contrast with Donald Trump, saying, 'I am not responsible,'" Scarborough said. "What we can talk about is ventilators, the national Defense Production Act. We could talk about all the ways that Donald Trump keeps trying to pass the buck, keeps trying to say, 'I'm not responsible.'"

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