Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Biden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP MORE on Sunday commended his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren 'fully committed' to 'Medicare for All' New poll shows four top-tier 2020 candidates in Iowa The Democratic race for president may not sort itself out MORE, for pushing back against unproven allegations of corruption against his son Hunter.

“I’m a friend of Pete Buttigieg,” Biden said as he opened his remarks at the United Food and Commercial Workers union presidential forum in Iowa Sunday, taking the stage shortly after the South Bend mayor.

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“By the way, he’s a really decent guy. I turned on the television this morning and he was defending my family against these outrageous, lying ads of the president of the United States of America. That’s a good man.”

In remarks to CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperLawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony Murphy: Sondland has to decide if his loyalty is to America or Trump House Intelligence Republican: Trump Yovanovitch tweet 'not witness intimidation' MORE on “State of the Union” Sunday morning, Buttigieg said Hunter Biden was held to different standards than President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE’s own children, contrasting Biden stepping down from the board of a Chinese company without formal allegations of wrongdoing “just to make sure there’s not even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

Meanwhile, Buttigieg told Tapper, “the president of the United States is a walking conflict of interest. You want to talk about family members, in the White House right now you’ve got Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE benefiting from patents from the Chinese, you’ve got the president’s son-in-law texting with Mohamed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.”

Buttigieg is not Biden’s first rival for the nomination to defend him against Trump’s allegations. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Democrats seize on report of FedEx's Elizabeth Warren tax bill to slam Trump's tax plan Warren 'fully committed' to 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Mass.) has blasted Facebook in recent days for refusing to remove ads from the Trump campaign featuring baseless allegations about Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine. Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens have led to an impeachment inquiry in the House.