By: Konrad Holden
On Thursday, Biden’s communications director, Kate Bedingfield, told reporters that the White House still stands by the assertion that Hunter Biden did not make any money in China. The topic came up when a reporter asked Bedingfield if Biden’s assertion about his son’s business dealings in China during a 2020 presidential campaign debate was true in light of newly uncovered evidence. The White House continues to maintain that Hunter Biden has done nothing unethical in China and has not made any money in China.
In October of 2020, then-President Donald Trump and then-former Vice President Joe Biden were going toe-to-toe in a presidential debate. During the debate, Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China came up and Biden denied that his son did anything unethical while Biden was vice president. He went on to say, “My son has not made money in terms of this thing about, what are you talking about, China.”
Just on Thursday, the topic was brought up again by NBC reporter Kristen Welker at a press briefing at the White House. She repeated Biden’s quote and asked White House communications director Kate Bedingfield if the White House still stood by that quote.
Bedingfield responded confidently, “We absolutely stand by the president’s comment.”
Her response comes during an FBI investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings with companies that have ties to potential corruption in Ukraine and even to members of the Chinese Communist Party.
When asked about Hunter Biden’s business dealings a few more times during the press briefing, Bedingfield refused to answer any other questions.
Hunter Biden is currently being investigated and multiple witnesses are appearing before a grand jury in Delaware regarding his taxes and business dealings in foreign countries.
“My son has not made money in terms of this thing about, what are you talking about, China.” - Joe Biden
“We absolutely stand by the president’s comment.” - Kate Bedingfield, White House Communications Director