GOP Rep. Jim Jordan on Sunday's edition of "This Week with Stephanopoulos" said that President Trump was obviously trolling when he called on China to investigate Joe Biden and his son's business dealings from the White House lawn this week.
"You really think he was serious about thinking that China’s going to investigate the Biden family?" the Ohio Republican asked ABC host George Stephanopoulos, almost laughing. "I think he’s getting the press all spun up about this. Remember, this is the president who’s been tougher on China than any other president."
"He was just making a statement to underscore how bad it is what took place here with Hunter Biden getting these deals he got," Jordan explained. "You would think that after three and a half years, with the campaign, you guys would figure this out."
Stephanopoulos later asked: "We’re not supposed to take the president at his word?"
"You would think after a few years of following this president, you would understand sort of how this guy communicates. I think that is what he's doing," Jordan said.
It is absolutely appropriate for the President to call for rooting out corruption in any country with whom we do business.— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) October 6, 2019
The media is giving legitimate corruption concerns a total pass, misconstruing the facts, and helping further @RepAdamSchiff’s impeachment agenda. https://t.co/PmEuXcYiT2
STEPHANOPOULOS: I still haven't gotten an answer to the question. Is it appropriate for the president to ask China to investigate Joe Biden?
JORDAN: I think he's got you guys all spun up and obviously it's the case --
STEPHANOPOULOS: You're not --
JORDAN: -- because you've asked me the question -- you've asked me the question --
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you're not answering it.
JORDAN: -- like four times.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, because you haven't answered it.
JORDAN: I don't think he really meant go investigate, because do you think China is going to investigate him?
STEPHANOPOULOS: I don't know if China is going to investigate him, but I know the president asked China to investigate him.
JORDAN: We know they're not, George. Come on.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Why can't you answer yes or no, do you think it's appropriate.
JORDAN: Because I don't think that's what he did. I don't think that's what he did.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So -- but it was right there on camera.
JORDAN: I think Senator Rubio had it exactly right. I think our side says this is exactly what I think most Americans say this is exactly what the president was doing. You would think after like I said a few years of following this president you would understand sort of how this guy communicates. I think that is what he's doing.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You're still not answering the question. If the president is asking China to investigate, which he did right there, is that appropriate? Is that an abuse of power or that appropriate.
JORDAN: I think when the president is -- and this is why it relates to Ukraine, I think when the president is trying to make sure that there is not corruption, that if we're going to be sending the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people to Ukraine to help them fight Russia, to help them get their country moving in the direction that they need, to get the security assistance they need, I think he believes that we should make sure there's not corruption there.
It's not President Trump's fault that Joe Biden's son was hired by a company that Mr. Volker told us this Thursday when we had him in for the interview, the ambassador, the special envoy to Ukraine, it's not President Trump's fault that Joe Biden's son was hired by Burisma, this company that had a long history of corruption. I think the president, when he's trying to decide how American tax dollars are going to be spent, and what countries they're actually going to go to, it's his job to make sure there's not corruption.
So when the vice president's son is hired by this company, that Mr. Volker told us had a long history of corruption, was leaked to the government in Ukraine, I think that's the president doing his job.