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Jake Tapper says Trump was right about Hunter Biden’s business deals

 August 19, 2023

CNN's Jake Tapper has seemingly validated former President Donald Trump's assertions about Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings.

In a recent on-air segment, Tapper confirmed that Trump's claims regarding Hunter Biden's foreign business ventures were accurate. Contrary to Joe Biden's statements during a 2020 presidential debate, evidence suggests that Hunter Biden did indeed benefit financially from foreign interests. This revelation has raised concerns and prompted further investigations, as reported by the Daily Wire.

Tapper's revelation on CNN

During a roundtable discussion, Tapper addressed the ongoing scandal involving the Biden administration and Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings.

Congressional Republicans are delving deeper into these transactions and the potential influence of Joe Biden in securing substantial funds for his son.

Tapper referenced a Washington Post article which disclosed that Hunter Biden reported income of nearly $2.4 million in 2017 and $2.2 million in 2018. A significant portion of these funds originated from Chinese or Ukrainian entities.

Contradictory statements during the 2020 debate

In a 2020 presidential debate against Trump, Joe Biden denied that his son made money from Chinese business ventures.

However, Trump countered this claim, asserting that Hunter "made a fortune in Ukraine, in China, in Moscow."

Tapper, reflecting on this exchange, stated:

Trump was right. I mean, [Hunter] did make a fortune from China, and Joe Biden was wrong. I don’t know that he was lying about it. He might not have been told by Hunter, but this blind spot is a problem.

House Oversight Committee findings

A memo from the Republicans on the House Oversight Committee revealed bank records indicating payments to Hunter Biden from oligarchs in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.

These payments were made to Hunter, his Rosemont Seneca entities, and business partner Devon Archer.

Some of these payments were for specific services, such as Hunter's board role at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. However, the nature of other transactions remains ambiguous.

Oversight Chairman James Comer (KY-01) commented on the findings, stating that it seemed no real services were provided other than access to the Biden network.

Comer also highlighted instances in which then-Vice President Joe Biden dined with oligarchs who had transferred money to his son.

Testimony and implications

In a recent appearance before the Oversight panel, Archer testified about Joe Biden attending dinners with his son's business associates.

A transcript released by the committee showed that Joe Biden did not discuss significant matters during these meals or calls. However, Archer emphasized the influence of the Biden family "brand" in their business endeavors.

These revelations have raised concerns about the potential influence of foreign entities on American politics and the current Biden administration.

The ongoing investigations aim to uncover the full extent of these foreign business dealings and their implications for national security and governance.


  • CNN's Jake Tapper confirmed the accuracy of Trump's claims about Hunter Biden's foreign business ties.
  • Hunter Biden reported significant income in 2017 and 2018, with a large portion coming from Chinese and Ukrainian interests.
  • Joe Biden's statements during a 2020 presidential debate ran counter to the evidence since presented.
  • The House Oversight Committee has revealed bank records indicating payments to Hunter Biden from foreign oligarchs.
  • Devon Archer's testimonies have highlighted the influence of the Biden family "brand" in their business ventures.
  • The revelations have raised concerns about foreign influence on American politics and the Biden administration.