CNN host Jake Tapper all but admitted that President Joe Biden lied about his son’s foreign business deals when the then-candidate Biden addressed the topic during the 2020 presidential debate.
Tapper, a media ally of the president, made the admission during a roundtable discussion on the current scandal embroiling the First Family’s foreign deals and the Biden administration. During the discussion, Tapper noted that Hunter Biden received over nearly $ 5 million in income in 2017 and 2018 from Chinese and Ukrainian operatives.
Tapper noted that payments contradict what President Biden said during the 2020 presidential debate with former President Donald Trump.
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“Trump was right,” Tapper added. “I mean, Hunter did make a fortune from China, and Joe Biden was wrong. I don’t know that he was lying about it. He might not have been told by Hunter, but this blind spot is a problem.”
Joe Biden, during the October 2020 debate, maintained that his son did not make any money from China. Trump hit back at Biden’s claim noting that Hunter “made a fortune” in Ukraine, China and other foreign countries.
President Joe Biden still maintains that his son did nothing wrong even as evidence of bribery, money laundering, tax evasion and influence peddling continues to mount against the first son.
Tapper, in a previous interview with Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY), suggested that the president should stop saying his son did nothing wrong.
“I understand this is a dad talking about his son,” Tapper said. “But it’s also the president of the United States talking about a potential defendant in a case that his Justice Department is prosecuting. Also, he was about to plead guilty to some of the things he did wrong. Does the president need to stop publicly saying his son did nothing wrong?”
Tapper also raised questions about Biden being on calls with his son’s foreign business partners. Contrary to the Democrats’ claim that Joe Biden did not know the people at the other end of the line, Tapper argued that the president should have known what his son was doing with those calls.