Trump slams ‘partisan’ whistleblower, Biden responds forcefully Sep 22, 2019 0 591 12345 AFPWashingtonUS President Donald Trump on Friday vigorously rejected a whistleblower’s claim of wrongdoing, amid reports he used a call with Ukraine’s president to pressure him to investigate the son of Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden.The whistleblower’s secret complaint has triggered a tense showdown between Congress, whose Democratic leaders are demanding to review the complaint, and the executive branch which has barred them from doing so.It has also raised concerns Trump sought to strong-arm Ukraine into providing damaging information on the president’s possible 2020 challenger, which would represent dangerous foreign meddling in the US election–similar to the interference blamed on Russia in 2016, when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.The Washington Post, citing two unnamed former US officials, said the complaint stemmed from Trump’s communications with Ukraine, and a “promise” allegedly made by the president. Trump slammed the “ridiculous” story, attacking the “partisan whistleblower,” despite admitting to not knowing the person’s identity.He insisted he had a “totally appropriate” conversation, without detailing with whom, or what was said, and instead suggested Biden and his son should be investigated for their actions in Ukraine.Biden responded forcefully, demanding Trump immediately release the transcript of the call and saying the reports Trump sought to coerce his Ukrainian counterpart, if true, amounted to “clear-cut corruption.” Suspicions have focused on a July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian elected in May.Trump’s Democratic opponents have been probing that call in connection with allegations Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani tried to pressure the Ukrainian administration. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump pressed Zelensky about eight times on the call to investigate possible corruption involving Biden’s son Hunter, who worked with a Ukrainian natural gas company. RELATED ARTICLES ‘Millions’ protest in youth-led global climate change strike Sep 22, 2019 0 392 UK Labour deputy leader survives bid to oust him over Brexit Sep 22, 2019 0 706 Malta takes some migrants from Ocean Viking, but leaves others onboard Sep 22, 2019 0 676 First Indian will be sent to space by our rocket in 2021: ISRO chief New Delhi: If India does launch the Gaganyaan mission, it will be the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China. The mission is estimated to cost around Rs 10,000 crore. India is moving ahead to meet its .. PM Imran reaches New York to attend UNGA session tribune.com.pk islamabad Prime Minister Imran Khan reached New York on Saturday on a week-long visit to attend the UN General Assembly session and be part of a host of other activities, including a meeting President .. Manila halts aid talks with backers of UN rights probe into drug war Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has ordered the suspension of all loan and grant talks with foreign governments that backed a United Nations resolution to review human rights abuses .. Italy rise in ‘phantom’ boats as new route sees migrants go undetected Rome: Italy has seen a rise in so-called “phantom” boat arrivals as traffickers ferry migrants across the Mediterranean from Tunisia rather than Libya without being spotted, a prosecutor warned Saturday. The closing .. US, El Salvador sign agreement on asylum to curb migration Washington: The United States and El Salvador reached an agreement Friday aimed at curbing illegal migration, opening the door for the US to potentially send refugees back to the violent Central American country. The .. 100 arrested in Paris ‘yellow vest’ protests Paris: Over a hundred demonstrators were arrested at yellow vest protests in Paris on Saturday as about 7,500 police were deployed to deal with the movement’s radical anarchist “black blocs” strand. After first ..