At first, Joe Biden remained pretty silent about Trump’s repeated attacks. For almost three weeks Trump attacked Biden and his son, Hunter every opportunity that he got. It now appears that Joe Biden is done biting his tongue and turning the other cheek.
This week Biden announced that he was rolling out a new ethics policy that would ban family members from working in the White House. Also, this week Hunter Biden announced that he was resigning from a Chinese investment company and pledged to have not to have any business dealings with foreign entities if his father is elected president.
The Bidens have also announced that Hunter will be taking on a higher profile position in his father’s campaign. Hunter says that he will now begin to enter the fray with a network TV interview to answer questions for the first time about his foreign deals. He will openly discuss his consulting contract with a Ukrainian gas company.
The Biden family’s new strategy is a one-two punch by father and son. Biden’s new strategy unveiled this weekend with a one-two punch by father and son.
“How, when and the substance of this came directly from Hunter,” a Biden campaign adviser, who asked to remain anonymous. “The campaign did not arrange this, but Hunter has been increasingly under attack in personal and vicious terms for the past couple of weeks from the President — all based on lies — and he made the decision to speak.”
Trump’s campaign, which has taken to deriding Biden as “Quid Pro Joe,” mocked Biden’s ethics proposal.
“Government reform is laughable coming from someone who spent the last 50 years in government enriching his family in the process,” spokeswoman Danielle Alvarez said, crediting the president with “true reform” that “has revitalized the American economy and created over 6.5 million jobs since he was elected.”
Trump has been under mounting scrutiny since a whistleblower complaint from a member of the intelligence community about Trump’s July 25 phone call to the president of Ukraine became public. Democrats accuse Trump of withholding military aid from Ukraine in order to pressure the country to investigate the Bidens.
Joe Biden was asked about potential conflicts of interest concerning his brother and son when he was vice president back in August. Biden stated that nothing improper happened.
“I have never discussed, with my son or my brother or with anyone else, anything having to do with their businesses. Period,” Biden said in South Carolina.
Biden pledged that, as president, “what I will do is the same thing we did in our administration [when Barack Obama was president]. There will be an absolute wall between personal and private [business interests] and the government … I’m going to propose the same kind of strict, strict rules. That’s why I never talked with my son or my brother or anyone else — even distant family — about their business interests. Period.”
On Sunday, Biden went a step further when he proposed a ban on family members directly profiting from foreign deals if he is elected president.
“No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country. Period. Period. End of story,” Biden told reporters.
Biden’s new policy also brings him in line with other Democratic candidates who said a president’s family members shouldn’t profit in overseas business dealings.
Biden’s comments were also a sign that he may open a new front against Donald Trump’s children who are involved in overseas business deals — which an adviser said recently is “not off the table.”