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After President Donald Trump called out Joe Biden during the debate over his son’s foreign business dealings, someone at CNN finally said out loud what many were thinking about Hunter Biden.
Trump confronted the Democratic presidential nominee about his son’s dealings with the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings and other entities during the contentious debate Tuesday. Though Biden claimed the allegations in the Senate Homeland Security and Finance committees report had all been “totally discredited,” Trump’s reference to the issue created a topic of discussion on CNN where anchor John King called Hunter Biden a “swamp creature.”
Biden had criticized the president during the debate for his administration’s economic policy toward China and Trump eventually targeted the younger Biden for leveraging his father’s position as then-vice president in the Obama administration to make a profit.
King noted how Biden’s son was a “weakness” for his campaign as he discussed the issue on Wednesday.
“Hunter Biden in many ways is a weakness for the former vice president because of his work, he was a, I’ll call it out, he’s a swamp creature, like many people, trading in his family name to make money around the world,” King said.
Fact check: True https://t.co/j9zGOU9LCM
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 30, 2020
The Senate report released earlier this month noted that “officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch.”
The report on the investigation of Hunter Biden’s dealings with Burisma also had noted that he had “received $3.5 million in a wire transfer” from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.
Trump brought up the findings during the debate on Tuesday.
“China ate your lunch, Joe. And no wonder, your son goes in and he takes out billions of dollars, he takes out billions of dollars to manage,” Trump said. “He makes millions of dollars. And while we’re at it, why is it, just out of curiosity, the mayor of Moscow’s wife gave your son $3.5 million. What did he do to deserve it? What did he do with Burisma?”
“Just out of curiosity, the mayor of Moscow’s wife gave your son $3.5M. What did he do to deserve it?”@realDonaldTrump hammers @JoeBiden over the reported financial payments made to his son Hunter while abroad. pic.twitter.com/CRVn8YHXhB
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 30, 2020
“None of that is true,” Biden claimed in response.
The story about the $3.5 million wire transfer to Hunter Biden has not been “totally discredited,” as Biden claims. Hunter hasn’t said a thing about it in the week since it came out in the Senate report. #Debates2020
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) September 30, 2020
The Congressional report is totally discredited? #LyinBiden is at it again. What a farce.
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) September 30, 2020
While it seemed the subject of Hunter Biden was sort of off-limits in the first 2020 presidential debate, social media users found the reaction by CNN’s King highly interesting.
“John King says what Wallace wouldn’t even question,” conservative radio host Dana Loesch tweeted.
Surprising to hear this on @CNN
— The MAGA Mummy 🇺🇸 (@TheCoinsMummy) September 30, 2020
@CNN You allowed this to be said on your network? Wow, did the Clinton News Network just fire the person who was supposed to bleep that out?
— Tom Kendrew (@TomKendrew) September 30, 2020
John king to go on a “leave of absence” in 3…2…1…
— Nismo Stuff (@NismoStuff) September 30, 2020
Finally someone at CNN said it!
— Carol Grondin🇺🇸 (@tvlmuse) September 30, 2020
Truth! I hope John King has a job tomorrow.
— Reine (@ReineDeTout) October 1, 2020
CNN and truth in the same sentence.. pic.twitter.com/Wij0LFw9Vm
— Dee 🇺🇸Trump did more in 47 months… (@chefelf1) September 30, 2020
They must know something is about to be exposed.
— HealthyRN (@HealthyRNgirl) September 30, 2020
I have to crack up at the expressions on the two crypt keeper‘s flanking John King
— DMC (@DMC_Virginia) September 30, 2020
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