Dear Commons Community,
In what appears to be a rebuke of Donald Trump, Presidential candidate Joe Biden said yesterday that no family member of his would have an office in the White House or act as a diplomat under his potential administration.
The Democrat’s comments at a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) forum in Iowa were in response to an NBC reporter’s question of what kind of ethical guidelines Biden would create if elected president. The reporter referenced the candidate’s son, Hunter Biden, whose business dealings in China and Ukraine have been at the center of President Donald Trump’s attempt to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against the Bidens.
“No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will in fact have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country,” the former vice president told reporters. “Period. End of story.”
Biden appeared to be drawing a contrast with Trump’s children, some of whom have been involved either as senior advisers in the White House or as diplomats with foreign nations.
The Democrat’s remarks came just hours after his son Hunter Biden announced his planned resignation from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity firm. Hunter Biden’s attorney, George Mesires, released a statement earlier Sunday that said the younger Biden intends to resign from the board of directors of BHR Partners by Oct. 31.
The statement also said Hunter Biden promises to avoid conflicts of interest if his father is elected president, and will continue to keep the former vice president out of his business affairs.
At the forum, Joe Biden continued to stress that he has not discussed his son’s business affairs with him, adding that he was not aware of what was in Mesires’ statement until he read it upon release.