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Trump faces new turmoil over whistleblower complaint

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump appeared on the brink of a new scandal Friday over a whistleblower's complaint that reportedly involves Ukraine and accuses Trump of making an improper promise to a foreign leader over the summer.

The controversy has refocused attention on Trump's attempts to undercut former Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading polls for next year's Democratic presidential nomination, by urging Ukrainian officials to investigate son Hunter Biden's business dealings there for possible corruption.

Trump tried to dismiss mounting concerns by calling the complaint "just another political hack job" and describing the whistleblower as "a partisan person" despite admitting he doesn't know who it is. He insisted his conversations with world leaders are "always appropriate."

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, where he was meeting

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