On NBC News's "Meet the Press," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin repeatedly declined to say whether it was appropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival and suggested that Trump did not pressure Zelensky.No one needs to add opinion to the above quotations of actual conversations. Their common sense meanings comes through loud and clear.
"You're speculating that the president pressured. I don't have any reason to believe that the president pressured ... in any way," Mnuchin said. Mnuchin argued that rather than focusing on "confidential discussions" between two world leaders, "I really think that the real issue here is not what the president said but what indeed did Biden's son do."
Mnuchin struggled, however, when asked during a separate interview on CNN's "State of the Union" about his claim that the Biden family's business dealings in Ukraine were "inappropriate."
"I don't understand," host Jake Tapper said. "So it is okay for Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump Jr. to do business all over the world " it's okay for Ivanka Trump to have copyrights approved all over the world while President Trump is president " but while Vice President Joe Biden was vice president, his son shouldn't have been able to do business dealings?"
Mnuchin responded that there was a "significant difference" between the Bidens' dealings and the "potential business dealings that the Trump Organization has had, which predated his presidency."
Trump also on Sunday took aim at Biden for saying that he never spoke with his son about his overseas business dealings, telling reporters, "I mean, give me a break."
"This is a very dishonest thing that Joe Biden did," Trump said, repeating his attacks on the Biden's family business dealings. "And then he said he never spoke to his son. Does anybody believe that one?"
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he did not speak to his son, Donald Trump Jr., in advance about a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting at which Russians had offered to provide dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.