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Biden knocks Trump for using White House as 'prop' for convention

Biden knocks Trump for using White House as 'prop' for convention
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE on Thursday admonished President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE for using the White House as a "prop" in the Republican National Convention.

"He continues to flaunt every single basic rule and basic tenet that Democrats and Republicans both have adhered to. He’s using the White House as a prop now," Biden said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

"Look what’s going on in terms of the Hatch Act," he added, while conceding, "I know people don’t know what the Hatch Act is."

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Democrats and others this week have focused on the federal law, which prohibits executive branch employees from engaging in political activity in their official capacity, while blasting Trump for holding political events on White House grounds.

The law does not apply to the president or vice president, though critics have questioned whether other officials have violated the law by using White House resources for certain events at the convention.

Trump has shattered the line between governing and campaigning with this week's GOP convention. He issued a pardon in a segment recorded at the White House, oversaw a naturalization ceremony in another pre-recorded portion, and he will deliver his acceptance speech from the South Lawn on Thursday night.

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Experts have said acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfBiden picks first Latino to lead Homeland Security Republican senators urge Trump to label West Bank goods as 'Made in Israel' Judge says acting DHS secretary appointment unlawful, invalidates DACA suspension MORE likely violated the Hatch Act by participating in the naturalization ceremony during the convention.

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Trump's decision to also use the White House as a backdrop for a political speech has drawn outcry from ethics watchdogs and lawmakers in both parties who worry he is politicizing federal property and blatantly using it for his own reelection effort.

Multiple administration officials have been the subject of frequent Hatch Act complaints from ethics groups. The Office of Special Counsel previously cited White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? MORE with repeated violations and recommended she be fired.

"Can you imagine what would’ve happened if Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Five things to know about Antony Blinken, Biden's pick for State Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE did that when he was running a second time, or I did that from the White House lawn or Rose Garden?" Biden asked Thursday.

Obama did film some campaign ads in 2012 from the West Wing.