When National Security Council spokesman John Kirby was asked about President Biden being corrupt at a press briefing, not only did he at first appear to be speechless, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre could be heard muttering off camera, “Jesus” over the probative question.
Questions asked of Kirby were primarily on Ukraine, North Korea, and Sudanese peace talks. That is until it was the New York Post’s Steven Nelson’s turn at bat on Wednesday afternoon following a question on artificial intelligence.
He kicked it off by first citing a secret FBI file, an anonymous IRS whistleblower, and a Harvard-Harris poll that was conducted earlier in May that found 53 percent of the public was suspicious of the Biden family’s ties to foreign powers.
“There’s one committee trying to get an FBI file alleging that President Biden took bribes. There’s another IRS whistleblower who’s alleging there’s a cover-up in the investigation,” the reporter stated.
Question: What do you think about Biden family corruption? John Kirby speechless. pic.twitter.com/Dskgs96FYP
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“There have been many developments in the House investigations into the first family’s international business dealings recently,” he noted. “In the middle of this, there was a Harvard Harris poll this month that found that 53 percent of the public including a fourth of Democrats believe, ‘Joe Biden was involved with his son in an illegal influence peddling scheme,'” Nelson asserted before dropping his explosive question.
“There’s of course, evidence that the president interacted with his relatives, associates from China, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine,” he continued.
“So what do you say to the majority of Americans who believe that the president is himself corrupt?” Nelson bluntly asked Kirby which engendered Jean-Pierre’s response as she stared at her feet on the briefing room podium.
They’re shocked in disbelief that a reporter would ask them a real question!
— Creature of Habit2 (@CreatureHabit2) June 1, 2023
God forbid ask a question most the public wants to ask …
— K Kitch (@kkitch1984) May 31, 2023
Speechless LOL undefendable at this point
— Connor Blackler (@realConfiend) May 31, 2023
“Wow,” Kirby responded, looking flustered. “The president has spoken to this … the president has spoken to this. And there’s nothing to these claims. And as for the whistleblower issue that you talked about and the document, I believe the FBI has spoken to that. You’re gonna have to go to them on that.”
Jean-Pierre, Kirby, and just about anyone on Team Biden look like they were flogged with a stuffed pillow every time a question arises about Hunter Biden, the Biden family’s business dealings, or corruption in general when it comes to the First Family. The press secretary’s muttered response was picked up on and hammered by conservatives as was Kirby’s deer-in-the-headlights moment.
This is a joke. pic.twitter.com/yWdEXu8RFm
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As Democrats keep shrugging off questions about President Biden’s family and their business dealings, Republicans are digging in and going for the kill over them. The multiple investigations uncovering bank accounts, payments, and political favors are taking their toll on the Biden administration.
Kirby was also nailed by Newsmax’s James Rosen during the briefing on whether Biden should label the Russian and Chinese regimes “evil.”
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“President Reagan described the Soviet Union as the locus of evil in the modern world. George W. Bush referred to an Axis of Evil after 9-11. If you have governments that are running concentration camps or launching unprovoked wars where hundreds of thousands of people are being killed and the President of the United States calls the leader of that regime a war criminal, I don’t see what it is that prohibits you from calling a spade a spade and saying ‘these are evil regimes,’ which you refused to do in our earlier colloquy,” Rosen said to Kirby.
“Well I appreciate your advice on policy, and I’ll take that back, James,” Kirby snarked at Rosen, dismissing his premise. “But the president’s never been one…”
Rosen interrupted claiming that he had asked a “simple question,” which Kirby objected to.
“No, no, no no. It’s not a simple question, James. It’s a criticism that you’re posing as a question. You’d like to see us put a label on these two countries and President Biden just doesn’t conduct foreign policy that way. I think, go look at the national security strategy, go look at the national defense strategy, take a look at anything that the president has said over his time as commander-in-chief about Russia and China and you’ll see that we are speaking pretty plainly to the American people and to those countries and those leaders about how we view their behavior, their conduct on the world stage and our relationships with them. We’ve been very, very honest about that,” Kirby snapped.
It was not a criticism it was a fair question that they’ll never never answer.
— AZROB (@RobertG96592904) May 31, 2023
James Rosen is a true journalist. Biden insistence on not calling these countries out demonstrates just how weak he really is. Don’t think for a minute that they don’t notice.
— Maggie Speaks (@MaggiesMusings) May 31, 2023
Kirby has sold his soul…
— Don Carter (@d1carter) May 31, 2023
The briefing was, by all accounts, tense and it was not a good one for Biden officials.
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