Joe Biden’s rare sit-down interview doesn’t touch on his son Hunter’s shady overseas dealings or the recent White House cocaine discovery
- Joe Biden was interviewed on foreign policy by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria
- The rare meeting did not include any questions about the president’s son, Hunter Biden, or the discovery of cocaine at the White House last week.
- Biden heads to Lithuania this week for the 2023 NATO Summit
In a rare sit-down interview, President Joe Biden managed to avoid answering any tough questions involving his son Hunter or the White House cocaine discovery.
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria kept the focus on foreign policy but never asked Biden about his son, despite growing public sentiment that the president was “probably involved” in Hunter’s foreign dealings.
The interview is Biden’s first since the US Secret Service found a white powdery substance at the White House last Sunday that turned out to be cocaine. Online trolls immediately blamed Hunter for bringing the illicit drug into the White House.
Despite questions about the incident last week, Biden was not asked any questions related to the cocaine discovery and the ongoing investigation into the matter. She has also ignored questions on the subject from members of the press during public appearances.
Joe Biden’s rare interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria did not include any questions about the president’s son Hunter Biden or the discovery of cocaine at the White House last week.
The interview aired the same day a new Rasmussen poll revealed that 58% of likely voters believe President Biden was involved in Hunter’s foreign dealings.
There were also no questions about the president’s 52-year-old son, who remains under multiple investigations related to his years of business abroad and accusations of using his father’s position for his family’s enrichment and financial gain.
Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen survey published Sunday shows that 58 percent of Americans think President Biden was at least “very or somewhat likely” involved in his son Hunter’s foreign dealings.
The poll conducted June 28-29 and July 2 shows just 14 percent think it’s “not very likely” and 19 percent say it’s “not at all likely” that Biden is involved.
Biden also wasn’t forced to face questions about his son’s recent plea deal reached with the Justice Department that will allow him to avoid jail time.
Hunter Biden pleads guilty to two tax-related charges and has agreed to probation on a separate charge for lying on a federal form to purchase a firearm. He checked a box indicating that he was not using or addicted to any illegal drugs at the time of the gun purchase, while the timelines detailed in his own book indicate otherwise.
A public outcry ensued over the news of the deal with claims of preferential treatment due to who the defendant’s father is.
During the interview for CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS program which airs Sunday morning, the president discussed sending ammunition aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia, his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin and the next NATO Summit.
Biden told Zakaria that he doesn’t think “Ukraine is ready for NATO membership.”
The cocaine was discovered at the White House last week, dwarfing the usual Fourth of July celebrations. Online trolls immediately said Biden’s addicted son Hunter was to blame for bringing the illegal drug onto the property.
Zakaria kept all questions focused primarily on foreign policy, apart from an age-related question at the end of the interview. The president was not faced with any difficult questions related to his son Hunter.
Zakaria kept all questions related to foreign policy until the end of the interview, where he discussed how age has become a central issue for the 2024 presidential race.
Instead of arguing why he is fit for office or further dismissing concerns about his age or physical and mental abilities, Biden said: “I just want to get the job done.” And I think we can do that in the next six years.’
The interview was recorded on Friday, July 7, at the White House as Biden prepares to attend the 2023 NATO Summit this week in Vilnius, Lithuania.