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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York woman arrested after allegedly spitting on Jewish children Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as Vatican ambassador Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE on Sunday commended his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports 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 TapperMcCaul says US withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened Russia on Ukraine Sunday shows - Voting rights legislation dominates Texas Republican: FBI probe into synagogue hostage taker spreads to London, Tel Aviv MORE on “State of the Union” Sunday morning, Buttigieg said Hunter Biden was held to different standards than President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case 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 TrumpIvanka TrumpThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems look to repackage BBB into salvageable bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia 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 WarrenDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service Trump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple 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.