WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- In a Fox News segment on Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. said that Hunter Biden had an easier time than him making himself rich from his father’s success.
- His comment on Sean Hannity’s show was followed by repeating his father’s unsupported claims that Hunter got a $1.5B gift from China while Joe Biden was vice president.
- However, Trump Jr. presented no evidence to support such claims.
While promoting his new book ‘Triggered’ on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Wednesday night, Donald Trump Jr. commented that if only his name was Hunter Biden, he would have made millions off his father’s success.
“I wish my name was Hunter Biden. I’d be a really rich guy! It would be incredible!” said the executive vice president of the Trump Organization.
“But my name is Trump. If I took $1.50 from China, not $1.5 billion like Hunter, their heads would explode,” he added.
Although his comments were made in reference to President Donald Trump’s claims that the Bidens received “millions of dollars” from China to strengthen China’s close ties with former vice president Joe Biden, Trump Jr. presented no evidence to support such claims.
As various Trump allies slammed Biden in late September for the supposed assistance to his son, they didn’t seem to realize that Trump’s children are also benefitting from the presidency as they conduct business around the world.
Evidently, Trump Jr. has gained a lot financially from his father’s presidency. For instance, he was paid $50,000 on October 10 after a 15-minute speech at the University of Florida. Aside from that, he also oversees his father’s empire since Trump became president, where most of his media profile comes from discussions about his father and his presidency.
Attempting to mar Biden’s name ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign, Trump together with his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani and other allies have presented unsupported accusations that Biden forced Ukraine to terminate Viktor Shokin, the fired prosecutor who was investigating Burisma Holdings, the company Hunter Biden worked for. However, no evidence that Hunter was separately scrutinized exists during the investigation.
Meanwhile, the president himself is currently facing an impeachment inquiry over the July 25 phone call between himself and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, following allegations from whistleblowers that he will resume military aid to the country in exchange for a new investigation into Hunter Biden.