President Donald Trump went after President Joe Biden during an interview on “John Solomon Reports” Tuesday, saying the Chinese government is likely to have paid for access to classified U.S. documents, which were supposedly left behind during the Democrat’s time at the Penn-Biden Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C.
“The fact is that China was paying, through Penn, which, you know, I went to school at Penn, I went to the Wharton School of Finance. I love Penn. But they were paying all of this money to Joe Biden,” the former POTUS said. “And they have the Biden Center there. And I would imagine — they’re paying all this money — I would imagine they had absolute entrée into those documents. And they saw those documents. And those were major places.”
Trump cited the figure of “$54 million” with regard to money Biden’s center received from Chinese donors, adding, “And [UPenn] paid [Biden] almost a million dollars a year. They kept it slightly under a million. Like $998,000, or something. So that this way, they can say probably, if somebody ever gets wise to it, ‘Gee, we didn’t pay him a million.’ You know, it sounds a lot less.”
The 2024 presidential candidate then expressed doubt that these were the only documents in Biden’s possession and marveled at the surreal nature of his situation.
“Now, that’s only what’s come out so far,” Trump continued. “But I’d be willing to bet he has many more documents than that. And then if you look at these other places that he’s storing documents, I mean, I would think he’d have a treasure trove of documents. It’s very, very sad. But China paid $54 million. And I guess out of that, they paid a million dollars a year to Biden.
“Think of that,” he concluded. “I mean, isn’t that an incredible situation? Is it even believable?”
He also commented on the story earlier in the day, with a post to his TruthSocial platform claiming, “The Biden Think Tank is funded by CHINA!!!”
Trump, who is facing a federal investigation into whether he took classified White House materials when he moved to Florida, also asked on social media: “Why didn’t the ‘Justice’ Department announce the highly classified documents found in the office before the election.”
Biden’s lawyers had disclosed to government attorneys on Nov. 2, 2022, – six days before the November midterms – that they’d found sensitive government documents with classified markings inside the office.
The University of Pennsylvania under which the center operates, reportedly received $54.6 million in donations from 2014 to 2019 from China, including $23.1 million in anonymous gifts starting in 2016, public records show.
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