Joe Biden and Donald Trump clashed on the Nashville debate stage over Hunter Biden’s emails, with the Democratic nominee telling the audience he’s ‘never’ taken a cent from a foreign power.
It was surprisingly Biden who brought up Rudy Giuliani first, asserting that he’s being used as a Russian ‘pawn.’
In his words: ‘We are in a situation where we have foreign countries trying to interfere in the outcome of our election,’ Biden charged. ‘His own national security adviser told him that what’s happening with this buddy – I shouldn’t, I will – his buddy Rudy Giuliani, he is being used a Russian pawn.’
Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been the central character in the public release of emails and photos purportedly from Biden’s son Hunter’s laptop.
Biden brought up the former New York City mayor as he lashed out at Trump for not calling out Russia and other foreign powers for election meddling.
In turn, Trump claimed Biden had enriched himself with foreign dollars alongside his son.
‘I don’t make money from China, you do. I don’t make money from Ukraine, you do. I don’t make money from Russia, you do,’ Trump said.
The president alluded to Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner to Hunter Biden that Trump brought to the debate as his guest. But it was only a passing mention given the drama Trump’s campaign had orchestrated just hours before the clash on stage.
Prior to the debate, Bobulinski addressed White House reporters and claimed he had proof that the former vice president was aware of his son’s business dealings with China.
‘All of the email, the emails, the horrible emails of the kind of money you were raking in,’ Trump said. ‘And Joe, you were vice president when some of this was happening.’
‘And I think you owe an explanation to the American people, why is it – somebody just had a news conference a little while ago – who was essentially supposed to work with you and your family, but what he said was damning,’ Trump continued.
And regardless of me, I think you have to clean it up and talk to the American people. Maybe you can do it right now,’ the president added.
Biden pointed to New York Times reports that said Trump had a secret Chinese bank account – and he’s barely paid any taxes.
‘We learned that this president paid 50 times the tax in China, has a secret bank account with China, does business in China,’ Biden said. ‘Release your tax returns or stop talking about corruption.’
Trump also revealed that he had called his accountants to see how much in federal taxes he had paid, brushing off the reported amount of $750 as a ‘filing fee.’
‘I prepaid my tax,’ Trump claimed, saying he had paid ‘tens of millions of dollars.’
‘I prepaid because at some point they think … I may have to pay tax, so I already prepaid it,’ he added.
The president also pledged, ‘I’m going to release them as soon as I can.’
Biden thought that was laughable.
‘He’s been saying this for four years. Show us. Just show us. Stop playing around,’ Biden said. ‘You’ve been saying for four years are going to release your taxes.
The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden kicked off in Nashville Thursday at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center arena with 200 people in the audience
The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage
Biden says Trump ‘should not remain president’ after COVID deaths.
The two men were careful to make their points in a presidential way, letting each other talk and requesting a time to respond from moderator Kristen Welker