2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is declaring that he will not allow any family members to hold positions with foreign businesses if he were to be elected.
The Biden name has been wrapped up in the Ukraine controversy after President Donald Trump came under fire following a whistleblower’s complaint that the president asked the Ukrainian president to dig up information into Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, and alleged the president withheld aid in the process.
Hunter Biden spoke out on Sunday for the first time about the criticism of his work as a board member with a Ukrainian natural gas company during his father’s vice presidency under former President Barack Obama’s administration, as IJR previously reported.
“I can tell you now, if I am your president, next president, I’m going to build on the squeaky-clean transparent environment that we had in the Obama-Biden White House, and no one in my family or associated with me will be involved in any foreign operation whatsoever,” Biden said at a campaign event in Iowa on Sunday.
“No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they’re a Cabinet member, will in fact have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country. Period. Period. End of story.”
See Biden’s comments below:
Joe Biden: "No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they're a Cabinet member, will in fact have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country. Period. Period. End of story." pic.twitter.com/3WWCXQRdih
— The Hill (@thehill) October 14, 2019
As IJR previously reported, Biden’s top campaign advisor Symone Sanders pushed aside questions regarding Hunter Biden during a recent Fox News interview. Instead, she suggested it was about Trump.
“Anytime [President Trump] wants to bring up Hunter Biden, the question should come back to Donald Trump and what he’s doing because this isn’t about Vice President Biden,” she said, adding, “This is about Donald Trump.”
One of Biden’s primary opponents, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), was previously asked if she’d allow a family member of her vice president to sit on a foreign company’s board. She shot off a “no” before backtracking to say, “I don’t — I don’t know. I mean, I’d have to go back and look at the details.”