Trump Jr. on Difference Between Him, Bidens: ‘We Were International Business People Before Politics’

October 17, 2019 Updated: October 17, 2019

After facing criticism from Hunter Biden, Donald Trump Jr. revealed the main difference between the Trumps and the Bidens: “We were international business people before politics.”

Speaking on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Trump Jr. said that neither he nor his father was politicians before Trump was elected.

“You know what the difference between the Bidens and us are?” Trump asked. “We were international business people before politics, and we gave up doing all new deals going forward.”

“We didn’t become magically international business people because of our political position,” he added. “He [President Trump] put that all aside for years.”

He said that if he took $1.50 or $1.5 billion from China, the “fake news media” would lash out.

“We would solve the fake news problem because their heads would explode and there would be none of them left,” Trump said.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) and his son Hunter Biden at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington on Jan. 30, 2010. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

Republicans are claiming that Hunter Biden was offered a job with a gas company in Ukraine because he is the son of Joe Biden, the former vice president.

“Let me tell you the difference between the no-show Bidens and us—we were international business people before politics, and we gave up all new deals going forward,” Trump Jr. remarked.

It came after Biden took a shot at Trump Jr. in an ABC interview, calling him “Prince Humperdinck.”

Trump Jr. faced backlash for his statement to Fox News. But he later pushed back against the critics.

Donald Trump Jr. delivers a speech during a ceremony for the official opening of the Trump International Tower Hotel in Vancouver, Canada on Feb. 28, 2017. (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

“Claims that Don is being hypocritical for attacking Hunter Biden is nothing more than a straw man argument being used by Democrats and their friends in the media to protect Joe Biden’s failing presidential campaign,” a spokesman for Trump Jr. told The Hill.

“Don isn’t attacking Hunter Biden because he has a famous father, he’s attacking him specifically for selling access to his father’s public office to enrich himself,” the spokesman said. “There’s a big difference between spending your entire life working your way up in a privately owned family business and leeching off the taxpayers to BECOME a family business based solely off your father’s political office.”

In the ABC interview, Biden addressed the allegations and said he did nothing wrong when he served on the board of Ukranian gas firm Burisma Holdings.

The House last month said it was investigating a whistleblower’s allegation that Trump used his office to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate the Bidens, which would violate campaign finance laws. Trump has denied the claims.

The White House later released a transcript of the call.

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