In a video shared to Twitter by the Republican National Committee, Biden is seen walking with a group of people as reporters shouted questions at him.
One reporter was heard asking the president how his allergies were but the reporter who caused Biden to snap was not interested in his allergies.
“Are you concerned about potential corruption with your son’s art sales?” the reporters asked the president.
“You got to be kidding me,” Biden snapped back.
Even CNN reported that Hunter’s recent art show raised ethics concerns for the White House.
Last weekend, images posted on social media and shared in the press emerged showing Hunter Biden displaying his work in Los Angeles at Milk Studios — a Hollywood venue that typically hosts video and photo shoots.
One attendee at the LA event was the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti — President Joe Biden’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to India and a former national co-chair of his 2020 presidential campaign. Harrison Wollman, the press secretary for Garcetti’s office, confirmed that the mayor had attended the show but said he did not purchase any art.
Garcetti was not the only political attendee at Hunter Biden’s art preview. Michael Tubbs — a former mayor of Stockton, California, who is now a special adviser to California Gov. Gavin Newsom — posed with the President’s son for a picture at the show. CNN reached out to Tubbs for comment about the show. Instagram posts show Hunter Biden’s daughters Naomi and Maisy in attendance. Other attendees reportedly included former pro boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, artist Shepard Fairey and the musician Moby.
Project on Government, a government watchdog group, executive director Danielle Brian said that Hunter being at the event “undermined the White House’s early claims that neither he, nor the White House, would know who bought his art.”
“The silver lining to this dark cloud is now the rest of us also know the universe of who might be interested in buying the paintings — which will make it easier to track if those people are attempting to curry favor with the White House through the President’s son,” she said.
The former director of Obama’s Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub blasted the Biden administration over reports that it had enabled the president’s son, Hunter Biden, to sell “outrageously” priced art while maintaining the secrecy of the buyers’ identities.
“Under an arrangement negotiated in recent months, a New York gallery owner is planning to set prices for the art and will withhold all records, including potential bidders and final buyers,” The Washington Post reported.
“Biden’s art sale, expected to take place this fall, comes with potential challenges,” the publication reported. “Not only has Biden previously been accused of trading in on his father’s name, but his latest vocation is in a field where works do not have a tangible fixed value and where concerns have arisen about secretive buyers and undisclosed sums.”
According to the Post, the deal would keep the purchases secret “even from the artist himself.”
This is an excerpt from Conservative Brief.
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