Trump Jr. challenges Hunter Biden to debate him over who has benefited most off their fathers' time in office

Donald Trump Jr. said in an interview released on Sunday that he wants to debate Hunter Biden over who has benefited the most financially off of their fathers' time in office.

The moment came shortly after Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei pressed Trump Jr. about the type of attacks former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE can expect to see if he wins the Democratic Party's presidential nomination later this year.

Trump Jr. said he thinks “a big part” of the attacks the former vice president will face later this year will be about his son Hunter Biden and his business dealings overseas.


“Listen, I think it's got to be a big part,” he said during “Axios on HBO.” “I was an international business person before my father got into politics. That's what we did. I'm not going to say I haven't benefited from my father's last name, just like Hunter Biden did. I'd be foolish to say that. But I haven't benefited from my father's taxpayer-funded office, OK?

“We stopped doing any new international business deals when my father won the presidency. So you know what would be great? I'll let you host it,” he told VandeHei. “You moderate a debate between Hunter Biden and myself. Come on. Let's do it.” 

“No, no, seriously. We can go full transparency,” he continued. “We show everything, and we can talk about all of the places where I'm supposedly grifting but Hunter Biden isn't. I would love to do it.” 

“As it relates to the grifting, they're saying we're profiting off of the presidency. Let's talk about it,” Trump Jr. added.

VandeHei then shifted the focus back to Trump Jr., asking, “But you profited, don't you?”

“I don't know that I've profited off of the presidency,” Trump Jr. said. 


“You have a bestselling book,” VandeHei continued. “You do paid speeches. Don’t you co-own the Trump Hotel?” 

But Trump Jr., who oversees the Trump Organization along with his brother Eric TrumpEric TrumpFlorida city bans gambling amid prospects of Trump-owned casino Lara Trump on Senate bid: 'No for now, not no forever' Lara Trump disputes report that father-in-law is discussing reinstalment MORE pushed back on VandeHei’s question, saying he has “done paid speeches for over a decade. I do a lot. I don't even do the international ones anymore.”

“But you make some money off it, right?” VandeHei asked.

“Nothing that I haven't done before,” Trump Jr. retorted. “And again, if you looked at my tax returns, which maybe we could talk about in this debate.”

“So, you'll release your tax return?” VandeHei asked. “You would release your tax returns, and he would debate you? You would really debate him?”

“I'd 100 percent debate him,” Trump Jr. said. “Let's talk about who profited off of whose public service. Happy to do it. Let's make it happen."

President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE and his family have come under immense scrutiny since he took office in 2017, when he broke precedent after deciding not to fully divest himself from his business before being sworn in.

The president also came under fire recently after new documents showed that his company has charged the Secret Service more than $600,000 in lodging fees at his properties over the last three years.

Eric Trump said previously that if his father travels, “they stay at our properties for free.”

“So everywhere that he goes, if he stays at one of his places, the government actually spends, meaning it saves a fortune because if they were to go to a hotel across the street, they’d be charging them $500 a night, whereas, you know we charge them, like, $50," he said.