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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE on Sunday called out President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE as a "walking conflict of interest."

The South Bend, Ind. mayor told Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJuan Williams: Keep the spotlight on Trump's COVID failure Chicago mayor: We can't let federal officials 'play police' in our city Coronavirus testing czar: Nobody on task force 'afraid to bring up anything' to Trump MORE on CNN's "State of the Union" that news that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' 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.