Washington – President Trump directs attacks from former Vice President Joe Biden on the son of his Democratic opponent, citing its substance abuse concerns and its position on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, which was the subject of a recently completed Republican inquiry in the Senate.
In one of the most controversial exchanges of the battered first presidential debate, Biden criticized Mr. Trump forthat he called the fallen members of the military “losers and shoots.”
“My son was in Iraq, he spent a year there. He got the Bronze Star, he got the medal for outstanding service,” Biden said of his late son Bo Biden. “He was not a loser. He was a patriot and the people who stayed there were heroes.”
Mr. Trump interrupted the former vice president, saying, “Are you talking about Hunter?” Biden said, “I’m talking about my son, Bo Biden.”
Mr. Trump interrupted him again, saying, “I don’t know Bo, I know Hunter.”from a brain tumor in 2015, when Biden was vice president.
The president then paused, with no evidence that Hunter Biden had been dishonorably discharged from the military and had “made a fortune” in Ukraine and Russia.
Biden denied Mr Trump’s allegations about Hunter Biden, but acknowledged that his son had drug problems.
“Fix it, work on it,” the former vice president said. “I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”
Hunter Biden’s tenure on Burism’s board of directors was the subject of a one-year investigation by a pair of Republican-led Senate committees and was often cited by Mr Trump as evidence of alleged wrongdoing by Democrats and candidates.
A report by the two committees, published last week, found that while Hunter Biden’s position on the Burrism board was “problematic” and created a potential conflict of interest, “the extent to which Hunter Biden’s role on the Burism board has affected US policy towards Ukraine. “