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 ButtigiegDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Saagar Enjeti rips Buttigieg for praising Obama after misquote Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE on Sunday called out President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE as a "walking conflict of interest."

The South Bend, Ind. mayor told Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' Saagar Enjeti: Harris campaign 'is failing because she doesn't stand for anything' MORE on CNN's "State of the Union" that news that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report Giuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry 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.