Trump heads to UN; Lawmaker says whistleblower controversy could have unintended casualty: Joe Biden

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Trump heads into three-day visit to the United Nations, will host summit on religious freedom
President Trump heads into a three-day visit to the United Nations in New York City starting on Monday facing questions over several issues: whether he sought help from Ukraine to damage potential 2020 presidential election opponent Joe Biden, growing tension with Iran, the U.S.-China trade war, a weakened global economy, stalled nuclear negotiations with North Korea and the future of Brexit.

Trump will host a summit Monday on religious freedom. His speech will present the U.S. as an alternative to authoritarianism and underline his “commitment to upholding democracy and protecting religious freedom,” administration officials said Friday during a briefing call, according to Axios. Trump will not attend a U.N. meeting Monday on climate change. On Tuesday, Trump, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and 16 other world leaders will attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.

Nunes says whistleblower controversy could have unintended casualty: Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign
On Sunday, Trump addressed reports that a whistleblower complaint may have accused him of wrongdoing related to a July phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, and insisted that there was “absolutely nothing wrong” with the substance of the discussion.
The president reportedly has been accused of asking Ukraine’s leader multiple times to work with Rudy Giuliani in investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and using military aid as leverage. Trump denied making any improper requests, but he did point fingers at Biden.
The Democratic presidential hopeful’s son Hunter Biden had been investigated related to business interests. In the past, Joe Biden has said the U.S. would withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine if the prosecutor was not fired, but it remains unclear if this was directly tied to his son’s case. Trump accused Biden of being dishonest in claiming that he never spoke to his son about his business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company, despite Hunter Biden telling the New Yorker that they spoke “just once” about it.In an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the whistleblower complaint will have unintended consequences and shine light on Joe Biden’s own misconduct – and ultimately end his 2020 campaign.