Biden, who was being pressed about his son Hunter’s work in Ukraine, said that if he became president his family would have no foreign business because of what’s happened with the Trump administration.
“No one is going to be seeking patents for things from China,” he said. “No one is going to be engaged in that kind of thing.”
The comment was an apparent reference to Ivanka, who has been criticized for seeking patents and business opportunities in China while her father wages a trade war with the economic giant. In November, Ivanka won approval from the Chinese government for 16 new trademarks, drawing increased scrutiny of the Trump family’s business dealings abroad while President Trump was in office.
Biden’s remarks came during a wide-ranging interview with Mike Allen, a reporter and co-founder of Axios. The former vice president has come under pressure to defend his son, Hunter, who took a lucrative job on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was vice president and leading Ukraine foreign policy. Hunter’s work has been thrust into the impeachment inquiry after Trump asked Ukraine’s president to look into the Bidens’ work in Ukraine.
Biden told Axios that Hunter did nothing wrong, but also said he had not dug into what his work was overseas. Previously, Biden said that he and Hunter had a strict policy not to discuss his work in Ukraine so there could be no impression of impropriety or conflict of interest.
“I don’t know what he was doing,” Biden said. “I know he was on the board. I found out he was on the board after he was on the board and that was it.”