Jordan refuses to say whether Trump asking China for investigation was appropriate

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump, privacy hawks upend surveillance brawl Top GOP post on Oversight draws stiff competition McConnell, top GOP senators throw support behind surveillance deal as deadline looms MORE (R-Ohio) on Sunday repeatedly refused to say whether he believed it was inappropriate for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDefense industrial base workers belong at home during this public health crisis Maduro pushes back on DOJ charges, calls Trump 'racist cowboy' House leaders hope to vote Friday on coronavirus stimulus MORE to call for Chinese authorities to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - House to pass relief bill; Trump moves to get US back to work Democratic fears rise again as coronavirus pushes Biden to sidelines Sanders charges forward with 2020 bid despite long odds MORE and his son Hunter Biden.

“You really think he was serious about thinking China’s going to investigate the Biden family? I think he’s getting the press all spun up about this,” Jordan said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday as host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSanders focuses on Biden's record, predicts Michigan victory as primary becomes two-man race Carson declines to 'preview' plan for virus-stricken ship's docking: 'We shouldn't have 16 people saying what the plan is' Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson endorses Sanders MORE repeatedly pressed him on the appropriateness of the statement Trump made last week.

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“He was just making a statement to underscore how wrong what took place here is. I don’t think anyone in America really believes the president of the United states thinks China is going to investigate,” Jordan said. “I think he’s saying what’s on the minds of so many Americans: How does the vice president’s son get a billion dollars from a subsidiary of the Bank of China?”

“That’s not a fact, and it’s not true. The Chinese have denied it as well,” Stephanopoulos countered.

“You’re telling us not to believe what we see with our own eyes. It’s right there,” Stephanopoulos later said as Jordan pivoted to repeating allegations about Hunter Biden.

“We’ve been going 10 minutes. You can’t tell us whether it’s right or wrong,” the ABC host eventually said, with Jordan responding, “I just don’t think that’s what the president was really saying.”

Jordan, one of Trump’s most vocal allies in the House, has consistently defended the president since a whistleblower report led House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAn insecure America and an assertive China The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - House to pass relief bill; Trump moves to get US back to work Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —US now leads world in known coronavirus cases | Unemployment claims soar by over 3 million | House to vote on stimulus Friday | Ventilator shortage sets off scramble MORE (D-Calif.) to announce an impeachment inquiry, repeating his baseless allegations against the Bidens last weekend in an interview with CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN's Jake Tapper spars with Trump on Twitter: 'Utter nonsense' Biden says he has not been tested for coronavirus: I've had 'no symptoms' Biden says Democratic convention should not be canceled amid pandemic MORE that Tapper fact-checked in real time.

In the earlier interview, Jordan repeated multiple White House defenses of the call, including claiming without evidence that the whistleblower was partisan and falsely asserting that the whistleblower complaint process had recently been amended to remove a requirement that complaints derive from firsthand information.