Putin pours cold water on Trump's Hunter Biden hopes
If President Trump expected a little boost from Russian President Vladimir Putin at the last minute, Putin would have nothing for him on Sunday. In announcements on state television, Putin "took the time to put down what he saw as false accusations by Trump about the Bidens," reports Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, reports Reuters. Putin said Trump's story that Hunter Biden received money from the widow of a former Moscow mayor was news to him, despite Trump trying to tie Putin to the alleged payment.
In Ukraine, Putin said, Hunter Biden "had or maybe still has a business, I don't know. It's none of our business. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians." And regarding the money Hunter Biden made for a Ukrainian company, he added, "I don't see anything criminal about it, at least we don't know anything about (being criminal)."
US intelligence has determined that Russia is secretly working to empower Trump and harm Biden in the 2020 race, just as Russian intelligence harmed Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. However, with Biden playing a leading role in the polls, Russian state television has started mocking Trump as Putin's poodle, while Putin has started saying a few positive things about Biden. Biden made no reply and told 60 minutes on Sunday that Russia is the greatest threat to America, but China is the greatest enemy.
Trump's Hunter Biden allegations are probably too few, too late and anyway too tame, even if they were true, anti-Trump GOP strategist Mike Madrid told Politico. "Whatever October surprise or money he has, he had to spend yesterday," he said. "He's got a bigger time problem than a money problem and he has a big money problem. It's time. He's out of time."
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