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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE on Sunday commended his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhite House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' 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 TapperArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Arkansas governor: Veto on trans youth bill was a 'message of compassion and conservatism' Buttigieg: Lawmakers can call infrastructure package 'whatever they like' but 'it's good policy' MORE on “State of the Union” Sunday morning, Buttigieg said Hunter Biden was held to different standards than President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: 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 TrumpIvanka TrumpTrump alumni launch America First Policy Institute Four players lead Florida's golden age of Republican dominance GAO hammers Ivanka Trump's policy program 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 WarrenForgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting trillion Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  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.