On Thursday, the paper cited unnamed Central Intelligence Agency and former Trump officials who claimed the professional relationship was with Joe Biden. 'Whatever happened to Hunter, where the hell is he? "Where the hell is he?"
"Hey fellas, I have an idea for a new T-shirt", he continued. You know, the number one t-shirt selling right now is "Where's Hunter?"
That night, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale unveiled the shirt.
'Hunter Biden walked away with a billion and a half dollars from China, $168,000 a month from Ukraine, supposedly a $3 million payment from Ukraine, ' the president boomed over helicopter noise on the South Lawn of the White House.
Trump also took aim at the Bidens' ties to China and once again asked, "Where's Hunter?"
"Despite voluminous work done by the independent press and fact-checkers - including some by The Times - to refute the heinous conspiracy theory that Donald Trump attempted to bully Ukraine into propping-up for him, the paper ran an op-ed by none other than Peter Schweizer, making more malicious claims about the Biden family", Bedingfield said in the letter released Wednesday.
The $25 shirts reading "Where's Hunter?" are part of the campaign pushed by the commander-in-chief to insist that Trump has not acted inappropriately-and that Joe Biden, not Trump, should be investigated for his conduct while representing the country.
Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield accused the Times of spreading "a baseless conspiracy theory advanced by Rudy Giuliani" and "relegated to the likes of Breitbart, Russia propaganda, and another conspiracy theorist, regular Hannity guest John Solomon". However, a BHR representative told The New Yorker earlier this year that Hunter used the opportunity to introduce his father to Chinese private equity executive Jonathan Li, who became CEO of BHR after the deal's conclusion.
The Biden campaign warned Democrat rivals to refrain from repeating the "discredited lies" ahead of next week's presidential debate.