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Biden to Trump: "You're not going to destroy me"

Joe Biden, a leading Democratic contender in the 2020 race for the White House, vowed on Wednesday the Republican president is “not going to destroy me”
09:31, 3 October 2019

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US politician, US presidential candidate, and 47 US Vice President Joe Biden comments on recent altercations with Trump, Reuters reports.

The back-and-forth came as Trump, first in a series of tweets and then at a news conference, angrily denounced an impeachment inquiry concerning a July call in which Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian company while his father was vice president.

“Let me make something clear to Trump and his hatchet men and the special interests funding his attacks against me”, - Biden said in prepared remarks distributed by his campaign in advance of an appearance in Reno, Nevada, on Wednesday night.

“I’m not going anywhere. You’re not going to destroy me. And you’re not going to destroy my family. I don’t care how much money you spend or how dirty the attacks get”, - claimed Biden, who leads in most opinion polls among the 19 Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to face Trump in next year’s election.

On Wednesday, Trump insisted that he had acted appropriately, and called Biden and his son “stone-cold crooked.” The president has repeatedly accused the pair of wrongdoing without providing any evidence.

Related: Fathers and sons: Who is Hunter Biden and what did he do in Ukraine

Biden, in return, accused Trump of abuse of power in a statement sent to reporters before his speech on Wednesday.

“He did it because, like every bully in history — he’s afraid,” Biden planned to say of Trump’s accusations against him and his son. “He’s afraid of just how badly I would beat him next November”. 

As it was reported earlier, on September 25, the White House published the transcript of the talk of two presidents. On September 26, the U.S. Congress published the full version of the complaint against the pressure of U.S. President Donald Trump on President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during the phone talk in July.

On September 24, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry. 

Related: All-in game: What is behind Trump-Zelensky scandal?

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