President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE said Thursday that his family members would not be engaged in business interests that present conflicts of interest when he assumes the presidency.
“My son, my family will not be involved in any business, any enterprise, that is in conflict with or appears to be in conflict, with the appropriate distance from, the presidency and government,” Biden told CNN host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperManchin backs raising debt ceiling with reconciliation if GOP balks Democrats face critical 72 hours Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill MORE in an interview Thursday.
Biden’s son, Hunter, came under scrutiny during the campaign as a result of his decision to take a position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company when Biden was vice president during the Obama administration.
President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE and his allies promoted a contested theory about Joe Biden pushing for the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor to assist his son, which ultimately led to the president’s impeachment by the House last year. Trump was accused of soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election by pressing Ukraine's president to investigate the Bidens.
Hunter Biden has defended his work for the company and there is no evidence that he or his father engaged in any wrongdoing, despite Republican-led investigations into the matter. But Hunter Biden said last year that he regretted exposing his father to attacks from his political opponents.
Trump’s own family business interests have raised questions about potential conflicts of interest during his time in office. Trump did not divest from his business empire but instead handed control of it to his sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr.
Thursday’s sitdown marked Biden’s first joint interview with Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRNC targets McAuliffe, Biden campaign event with mobile billboard Obama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech MORE since they won the presidential election last month. Trump has refused to concede and instead leveled unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud and the election being “stolen” from him.