On Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper said that former President Donald Trump “was right” and that President Biden “was wrong” about comments made about Hunter Biden’s legal troubles during their 2020 presidential debates.
Tapper made his comments during a CNN panel discussion.
Tapper began by addressing CNN’s Jeff Zeleny, saying, “Let’s turn to the Biden administration because Jeff you have some new reporting that President Biden might have a blind spot, according to people around him when it comes to his son Hunter Biden’s legal troubles and concerns about how this might impact his desire to be reelected. What do you got? What are you hearing?”
“Well, look, this is something that the President was hoping to put behind him,” Zeleny responded. “They were hoping that the plea agreement would go through, et cetera. Now there is very likely to be a trial unfolding at the same time as a presidential campaign. Even worse, a second special counsel’s investigation on top of the one that’s already investigating the President for classified documents.”
“We know that this is going to be a central piece of the Republican debate and Republican talking points next week and beyond, the Hunter Biden situation,” Zeleny added. “So what do swing voters think of Hunter Biden? As of now, they’ve never sort of drawn a correlation or blamed the President for his son’s conduct. They feel sympathy for him, et cetera.But is there a blind spot directly around him and the campaign by not talking about this? It’s verboten. You can’t talk about Hunter Biden. We’ll see. This is definitely going to be a topic on the debate stage this week.”
“Yes,” Tapper responded. “And Kristen, Glenn Kessler from ‘The Washington Post’ had a fact check about Joe Biden from earlier this month noting that Hunter Biden admitted in court in July that he was, in fact, paid substantial sums from Chinese companies. Kessler wrote, Hunter Biden reported nearly $2.4 million income in 2017 and 2.2 million income in 2018, most of which came from Chinese or Ukrainian interests. But this — and this directly goes against what Joe Biden said in the debate in 2020 with Donald Trump.”
Tapper then played a video from the 2020 presidential debates.
“My son has not made money in terms of this thing about what are you talking about, what are you talking about, China,” Biden said.
“He made a fortune in Ukraine, in China, in Moscow –” Trump said.
“That is simply not true,” Biden interrupted.
Tapper then said of the clip, “Trump was right. I mean, he 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.”