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Joe Biden Dodges Questions About Son Hunter Biden’s Foreign Work

Hunter Biden landed contracts in Ukraine and China, but evidence suggests he may have done so while traveling with his father, Joe Biden, when he was vice president.

By NTK Staff | 06.20.2019 @11:30am

Former Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly dodged ABC News’ attempts to speak with the 2020 presidential candidate about his son’s foreign business dealings, according to a new report that aired Thursday morning.

Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, reportedly conducted business in the same countries in which his father had just “engaged in diplomacy on behalf of the United States.”

“At two separate campaign stops on Monday, Biden avoided questions about his son while his staff blocked reporters from approaching the candidate,” ABC News’ Tom Llamas reported.

Hunter Biden reportedly swooped into Ukraine after his father visited the country in 2014:

In April of 2014, the then-vice president led a U.S. delegation to Kiev tasked with rooting out corruption and advocating for Ukraine to diminish its reliance on Russian oil. The Obama administration had pledged aid money to support a fledgling Ukrainian administration recovering from a revolution that ousted the country’s previous leader.

Within weeks of his visit, Ukraine’s largest energy producer, Burisma Energy, appointed Hunter Biden to a paid directorship on the firm’s board.

And something similar happened in China months earlier.

Just months before, in December of 2013, there was a similar episode when the then-vice president led an Obama administration effort to tamp down tensions in the Far East. Hunter Biden disembarked from Air Force Two in Beijing alongside his father, ahead of a series of meetings between the vice president and several high-ranking members of China’s ruling party. Upon his departure, Joe Biden called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “good friend.”

Within weeks of that visit, Hunter Biden was doing business there, as a participant in a firm called Bohai Harvest RST. The corporation formed a novel Chinese-American investment partnership that involved such Chinese state-owned firms as the Bank of China. Reports at the time said they sought to raise $1.5 billion.

These episodes at best appear to cross an ethical boundary by which Hunter Biden used his father’s position to personally enrich himself.

But Biden’s 2020 campaign pushed back on that notion. They claim the former VP always followed “”well-established executive branch ethics standards.” And they pledged he would, as president, issue an executive order on his first day in office setting clear guidelines for conflicts of interest.

But as long as Biden continues dodging reporters on this question, expect it to continue to dog his campaign in the weeks and months ahead.

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