White House refuses to comment on Hunter Biden's laptop, dodges questions on overseas business
"I am not going to talk about alleged materials on a laptop. It’s not happening," the White House press secretary stressed
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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to answer questions about a leaked voicemail President Joe Biden allegedly left for his son, Hunter Biden, about his international business after the commander-in-chief previously denied having any such conversations with Hunter.
President Biden has repeatedly denied speaking with his son about his questionable business ventures, even though photographic evidence shows he interacted with Hunter's foreign business associates.
The Daily Mail recently published a 2018 voicemail purportedly of Joe Biden telling Hunter he wanted to discuss a New York Times story about his son's dealings with a multi-million-dollar Chinese company.
"Why is there a voicemail of the President talking to his son about his overseas business dealings if the President has said he’s never spoken to his son about his overseas business dealings?" Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre on Tuesday, the White House transcript shows.
"Well, first, I’ll say that what the President said stands. So if he — if that’s what the President said, that is what stands," she replied.
Doocy pressed further, mentioning how the voicemail shows Joe Biden told his son, "I think you’re clear."
"How is that not him talking to his son about his overseas business dealings?" Doocy asked.
"We’re not — from this podium, I am not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop. I will — I am not —" Jean-Pierre stumbled.
Doocy asked whether she was "disputing that it’s President’s voice on the voicemail."
"I am not going to talk about alleged materials on a laptop. It’s not happening," Jean-Pierre responded.
"Peter, I refer you to his son’s representative," she said before moving on.
RealClearPolitics reporter Philip Wegmann asked about Doocy's question later in the press conference.
"...You seemed to dismiss Peter’s question about his conversation with his son, Hunter Biden, with regards to his business dealings, and I’m wondering: How is that silence consistent with the President’s promise to always level with the American public?" Wegmann asked.
"Phil, I hear your question, but what I can tell you from here, standing at this podium, is that I cannot comment on any materials from the laptop. And I would refer you to the representatives of Hunter Biden. That’s what I can share with you at this podium, at this time," she told him.
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