Trump campaign to target Biden on China

Tim Murtaugh, communications director for President Trump’s 2020 campaign, said Joe Biden’s (D) stances on China will be a talking point for Trump against the former vice president in the lead up to the general election.  

“It’s going to show Joe Biden’s poor judgement, it’s going to show his family’s financial intertwining with China and Hunter Biden’s dependence on China for his income,” Murtaugh said on Hill TV’s Rising Thursday. “… This is going to be a very important issue in the campaign.”

Murtaugh noted that Biden was slow to criticize China for the spread of coronavirus. The Trump administration has repeatedly criticized China for its response to the virus, with White House allies like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that China was putting thousands of lives at risk by witholding information about the spread of the disease. 

“Everyone should be aware of Joe Biden’s history of being too cozy with China and going soft on China and it really begins with him saying they are not an economic threat, which is either willfully ignorant or inept,” Murtaugh said.

“When the president wants to implicate China in the outbreak of the coronavirus which is an obvious fact, Joe Biden says such concerns shouldn’t be talked about and are xenophobic.”

Murtaugh signaled that Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his business dealings while his father was in office, will be a present theme throughout the campaign. 

“The name Hunter Biden keeps coming up,” Murtaugh said. “We know Hunter Biden got a sweetheart investment from the Chinese-owned, state controlled bank just after he had traveled to China with his father who was then the vice president of the United States.”