(CNSNews.com) - An Oval Office photo-op with the Australian prime minister turned into a mini-news conference for President Trump on Friday morning, as he answered questions about everything from Iran to the latest whistleblower controversy/mystery.
"It's a partisan whistleblower. They shouldn't even have information," President Trump told reporters, although he admitted he doesn't know who it is.
This person, now working in the intelligence community, complained to the Intelligence Community inspector general, reportedly about a "promise" that President Trump supposedly made to a foreign leader. Press reports said the flap involves Ukraine, but that has not been confirmed.
Despite the lack of any facts, speculation ran amok Friday morning, with people on liberal cable channels hypothesizing that the whistleblower may have complained about Trump holding up U.S. military aid to Ukraine to press for an investigation of the Biden family's dealings in Ukraine.
Trump on Friday told reporters he's had conversations with "many leaders" and those conversations are "always appropriate."
"And anything I do, I fight for this country. I fight so strongly for this country. It's just another political hack job," Trump said of new calls by Democrats to investigate the whistleblower’s complaint, whatever it turns out to be.
Trump said it doesn't matter what he discussed, adding that "somebody ought to look into Joe Biden's statement because it was disgraceful, where he talked about billions of dollars that he's not giving to a certain country (Ukraine) unless a certain prosecutor is taken off the (Hunter Biden corruption) case. So somebody ought to look into that, and you wouldn't because he's a Democrat, and the fake news doesn't look into things like that. It's a disgrace.
"But I had a great conversation with numerous people. I don't even know who you're talking about," Trump added. "And I always look for the conversation that's going to help the United States the most. That's very important."
Trump noted that the press has had "a very bad week with Justice Kavanaugh and all of those ridiculous charges and all of the mistakes made in The New York Times and other places -- you've had a very bad week, and this will be better than all of them. This is another one, so keep playing it up because you're going to look really bad when it falls."
Trump would not speak specifically about his conversation in July with the new Ukrainian president, "other than to say, great conversation. Totally appropriate conversation. Couldn't have been better.
"And keep asking questions. And build it up as big as possible so you can have a bigger downfall," he told reporters.
The New York Times reported on May 1, 2019, that Joe Biden, then the vice president, was tasked with pressuring Ukraine to clean up its corrupt government. According to the Times:
And one of his (Biden's) most memorable performances came on a trip to Kiev in March 2016, when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.
The pressure campaign worked. The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was soon voted out by the Ukrainian Parliament.
Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general...
The former vice president’s campaign said that he had always acted to carry out United States policy without regard to any activities of his son, that he had never discussed the matter with Hunter Biden and that he learned of his son’s role with the Ukrainian energy company from news reports.
But new details about Hunter Biden’s involvement, and a decision this year by the current Ukrainian prosecutor general to reverse himself and reopen an investigation into Burisma, have pushed the issue back into the spotlight just as the senior Mr. Biden is beginning his 2020 presidential campaign.