Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was eventually asked about the explosive New York Post report claiming emails showed his son traded millions using his father’s influence.
His answer? “I have no answer.”
After not being asked by presenter George Stephanopoulos about the growing controversy surrounding Hunter Biden at ABC News City Hall, the former Vice President spoke to reporters in front of his private jet after his campaign rallies in Michigan on Friday. And when he was approached by CBS news reporter Bo Erickson about the subject, Biden followed up on the journalist.
“Mr. Biden, how are you reacting to the New York Post story about your son, sir?”
“I know you would ask,” Biden replied. “I have no answer, it’s another smear campaign right down your alley, those are the questions you always ask.”
The Biden 2020 presidential campaign previously responded to the Post story on Wednesday, saying the former vice president had “carried out official US policy towards Ukraine and committed no wrongdoing” and “Trump administration officials have sworn to confirm these facts”.
The Post received an email in 2015 stating that Vadym Pozharskyi, an advisor to Ukrainian energy company Burisma, thanked Hunter Biden for “giving” the opportunity to meet his father, then Barack Obama acted as vice president.
The older Biden has previously said that he “never spoke to my son about his overseas business”.
The controversy escalated after Facebook and Twitter began banning the article from being distributed on social media.
“Although I will purposely not link to the New York Post, I want to make it clear that this story can be verified by Facebook’s third party fact-checking partners,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone tweeted on Wednesday. “In the meantime, we’re reducing the spread on our platform.”
Twitter alleged in a statement that, in accordance with the company’s “Hacked Materials Policy”, it took action against the article and prevented users from sharing the report. The company has scaled back its overzealous crackdowns amid backlash, which included a mea culpa from Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter.