Buttigieg knocks Trump as a 'walking conflict of interest'

Buttigieg knocks Trump as a 'walking conflict of interest'
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Candidates weighing using private jets to get to Iowa Biden nabs endorsement from Iowa Democrat in swing district MORE on Sunday called out President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE as a "walking conflict of interest."

The South Bend, Ind. mayor told Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperSteyer says 'grassroots organizing' in Nevada, South Carolina got him on debate stage Pentagon chief says he 'didn't see' intelligence suggesting Iran planned to attack four US embassies Ex-White House press, military officials call on Grisham to restart regular briefings MORE on CNN's "State of the Union" that news that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE's son, Hunter, has stepped down from the board of a Chinese firm and is vowing to do no foreign work if his father is elected president in 2020 shows a "difference in standards" between the Bidens and Trump's family.

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"Here you have Hunter Biden stepping down from a position in order to make sure even though there's been no accusation of wrongdoing, doing something just to make sure there's not even the appearance of conflict of interest," Buttigieg said.

"While in the White House, the president of the United States is a walking conflict of interest," he added.

He claimed the president's relatives use Trump's presidency to benefit their interactions with foreign governments and that his sons, in particular, pretend "the fact that their father is the president of the United States has no impact on the international business dealings that they do."

"It is a radically different standard, and we cannot allow this president to change the subject especially with unfounded allegations," he said.