President-elect Joe Biden says Hunter Biden or family won't have any business in conflict with presidency
The president-elect, who appeared for the first joint interview with Kamala Harris since election, also hoped that Trump will attend his inauguration
President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday, December 3, appeared for his first joint interview with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris since winning the presidential election where he spoke on a number of issues, including the hope that incumbent President Donald Trump will attend his inauguration scheduled next month and allow America to move on. Trump hasn’t conceded defeat against Biden even after a month since the presidential election took place claiming that the poll was stolen. He has legally challenged results in various key states but is yet to see the outcome getting overturned.
Biden, during the talks with CNN’s Jake Tapper, also clarified the role his family will play once his administration takes over. He said his son Hunter, who became a central character when Trump targeted the former vice president over alleged Ukraine links, will not pursue business opportunities that would mark clashes of interest while he serves as the president.
Trump went after the Bidens alleging they indulged in corruption when the senior Biden was the vice president and was also accused of asking the president of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens — a move that led to his impeachment in the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives. He was acquitted by the Senate which is controlled by the GOP.
“My son, my family will not be involved in any business, any enterprise, that is in conflict with or appears to be a conflict whether the appropriate distance from the presidency and government,” Biden told Tapper.
CNN refused to cover Hunter laptop scandal?
CNN itself has come under the scanner after it has been revealed that the channel’s top executives were accused of refusing to give Hunter’s laptop scandal coverage and chose to concentrate on Trump’s impeachment. As per a leaked recording of a CNN meeting which was released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, a right-wing activist group, on Tuesday, December 1, the executives spoke about downplaying the infamous laptop scandal of Biden’s younger son.
Trump blasted CNN over the leaked audio tapes of what appeared to be Jeff Zucker, the network’s head, criticizing the former. The president also retweeted O'Keefe's claim that one correspondent suggested overlooking Trump's “rigged” election claims and wrote "Suppression Media!" on Wednesday (December 2) afternoon.
Hunter’s laptop became a subject of a major storm in the media after the New York Post came up with an exclusive piece in October about a “smoking gun” email revealing how he introduced his father to a top executive in a Ukrainian energy firm in the past. The article’s reach was restricted by social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, making Trump lash out at them.
On his hope that Trump will attend his inauguration, Biden said: “I think it would be important only in one sense — not in a personal sense important — in the sense that we are able to demonstrate at the end of this chaos that he's created that there is the peaceful transfer of power, with the competing parties, standing there, shaking hands, and moving on.”
“I really worry about the image we're presenting to the rest of the world,” Biden said, adding it didn’t matter to him personally if Trump did not attend the January 20 inauguration but for the country’s sake, it was important.