- Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday compared himself to Hunter Biden during a Fox News segment — claiming that Biden had an easier time than him making money from his family.
- “I wish my name was Hunter Biden — I could go abroad, make millions off of my father’s presidency, I’d be a really rich guy!” the vice president of the Trump Organization told the host Sean Hannity.
- Trump then repeated his father’s unsubstantiated claim that Biden took a $1.5 billion gift from China while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president.
- Trump has obviously benefitted from his father’s presidency. In one case he got $50,000 for a 15-minute speech at the University of Florida. He also works for his father’s business.
- Allies of the president are seeking to divert attention from impeachment proceedings into claims that he asked Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in exchange for military aid.
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Donald Trump Jr. says he wishes he were Hunter Biden so he could move abroad and “make millions” from the success of his father.
The executive vice president of the Trump Organization made the comment on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Wednesday night while plugging his new book, “Triggered.”
“I wish my name was Hunter Biden,” he said. “I could go abroad, make millions off of my father’s presidency, I’d be a really rich guy! It would be incredible!”
He added: “But because my name is Trump, if I took $1.50 from China — not $1.5 billion like Hunter, but $1.50 — their heads would explode.”
Trump gave no evidence to substantiate the claim that Biden took money from China while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president.
President Donald Trump too has claimed the Bidens got “millions of dollars from China.” An investigation by The New York Times debunked the claim.
The younger Trump has obviously benefitted financially from his father’s presidency. For example, he was paid $50,000 for a 15-minute speech at the University of Florida on October 10.
He also works at his father’s company, overseeing the business empire since his father took up the presidency. Most of his present-day media profile comes from discussing his father and his presidency.
The elder Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and other allies have sought to damage the elder Biden’s reputation ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign, claiming without evidence that he improperly pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, to protect the younger Biden, who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
There is no evidence that Hunter Biden was individually scrutinized as part of an investigation into the company, Burisma.
The president, however, is facing impeachment proceedings sparked by a July 25 phone call in which he Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens as “a favor.”
Trump was withholding military aid from Ukraine at the time of the call, leading to allegations of an improper quid pro quo.
Shortly before the call, the White House froze $391 million in military aid to the country.
In late September, multiple Trump allies criticized the elder Biden as assisting his son, overlooking the fact Trump’s children have done business around the world during his presidency.