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Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son

Posted by hkarner - 22. September 2019

Date: 21-09-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Interactions under focus amid whistleblower complaint on U.S. president’s dealings with a world leader

President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden ’s son, according to people familiar with the matter, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe that could hamper Mr. Trump’s potential 2020 opponent.

“He told him that he should work with [Mr. Giuliani] on Biden, and that people in Washington wanted to know” if his lawyer’s assertions that Mr. Biden acted improperly as vice president were true, one of the people said. Mr. Giuliani has suggested Mr. Biden’s pressure on Ukraine to fight corruption had to do with an investigation of a gas company for which his son was a director. A Ukrainian official this year said he had no evidence of wrongdoing by Mr. Biden or his son Hunter Biden.

Mr. Trump in the call didn’t mention a provision of U.S. aid to Ukraine, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on any investigation. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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So It’s Trump vs. Biden in 2020?

Posted by hkarner - 10. Mai 2019

Date: 09-05-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

It looks like Democratic voters want plain-vanilla Joe Biden to contest the election against Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Joe Biden has opened up a 21-length lead over the 20 or so other ponies running to challenge the big horse, Donald Trump, in the 2020 presidential derby.

Some might say the Trump-Biden matchup was preordained, given the Democrats’ motley crew of candidates. Who’d have thought politics at this level could be contested by the mayor of South Bend, Ind., or a House member from Hawaii? Presidential politics has become the U.S.’s true national sport, and after the improbable Trump long shot, even obscure politicians think they can be a contender.

Six months back, only presidential draft analysts could talk in detail about Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard or John Hickenlooper. Ted Cruz made Beto O’Rourke only sort-of famous, and no one beyond 100 miles of South Bend had heard of Pete Buttigieg.Bernie Sanders was the only household name. They’re all household names now, but suddenly they’re choking on Joe Biden’s dust. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Foreign policy after Donald Trump

Posted by hkarner - 8. Mai 2019

Date: 07-05-2019
Source: The Economist

A few Democrats see a chance for a brave new world

“This too shall pass,” Joe Biden told America’s allies at the Munich Security Conference in February. “We will be back.” The applause he received reflects a longing to return to a world order that existed before President Donald Trump started swinging his wrecking ball. Now that Mr Biden, vice-president under Barack Obama for eight years, has entered the race to challenge Mr Trump in 2020, the contest has acquired a foreign-policy heavyweight who embodies the pre-Trump era.

But would a future Democratic administration simply turn the clock back? In the crowded field of Democratic candidates, apart from Mr Biden, only Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have so far made serious forays into foreign policy. Still, those efforts, and stirrings of debate among activists, point to the potential for a future American foreign policy that could look very different not just from that of the current administration but also from the consensus that prevailed before. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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