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Buttigieg knocks Trump as a 'walking conflict of interest'

Buttigieg knocks Trump as a 'walking conflict of interest'
© Greg Nash

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden administration takes step toward allowing California to set its own tailpipe emissions standards Republicans unveil 8 billion infrastructure plan DOT appoints chief science officer for first time in 40 years MORE on Sunday called out President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE as a "walking conflict of interest."

The South Bend, Ind. mayor told Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperChauvin verdict: Don't hate his lawyer CNN producer asked if she speaks English during arrest in Minnesota, lawyer says Arkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' MORE on CNN's "State of the Union" that news that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies Overnight Defense: Top general concerned about Afghan forces after US troops leave | Pentagon chief: Climate crisis 'existential' threat to US national security | Army conducts review after 4 Black soldiers harassed at Virginia IHOP Feds expect to charge scores more in connection to Capitol riot 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.