On Thursday, Republican lawmakers criticized Joe Biden for letting Hunter Biden accompany him on his trip to Ireland.
Hunter, known for exploiting his last name for financial gain, was taken on a multi-day tour of Ireland while his father conducts official meetings with global leaders.
This is not the first time Joe Biden has brought Hunter abroad. Secret Service travel records obtained by Judicial Watch indicate that Hunter traveled to 29 countries on 411 trips between 2009 and mid-2014.
Hunter’s recent trip to Ireland has caused concerns that he may be engaging in additional business deals.
“I’m sure he’ll make another corrupt deal using his daddy’s name and make sure he kicks back 10% for ‘the big guy,'” Rep. Eli Crane said.
“The fact that Hunter is still walking the streets as a free man, instead of being locked behind bars, is the most illuminating example of the two-tiered justice system we have here in the U.S.,” he added.
GOP House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik stated that Hunter’s previous business deals have compromised the president.
“Bringing his son Hunter on an official trip to Ireland and giving him access to Air Force One should concern every American,” she said. “House Republicans are shining a light on this corruption, and I am committed to ensuring that the entire Biden Crime Family is held accountable for compromising our national security.”
During one of Hunter’s 411 trips overseas, he joined Joe Biden in Beijing, China. Ten days after the visit in 2013, Hunter obtained a 10% stake in BHR Partners, a Chinese investment fund supported by the state. Hunter’s attorney stated in November 2021 that he had sold his 10% stake in the fund.
It remains unclear who acquired the 10% share and where Hunter’s portion was relocated after the sale. Skaneateles LLC, Hunter’s Washington, DC-based company that held the 10% stake in BHR Partners, had its business license revoked due to dissolution in September 2021, several months after Joe Biden took office.
Chinese records show Skaneateles still owns ten percent of BHR Partners.
During a Fox News appearance, Rep. Nancy Mace said that having Hunter accompany the President on international trips is a source of embarrassment for the United States.
“The United States is not for sale. This is not the kind of thing that we can allow to go on,” she said. “The Oversight Committee, we are going to follow the facts wherever they take us. And we just got all of these suspicious activity reports.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert raised similar concerns in a post on Twitter: “Hunter Biden should not be on foreign trips with Joe Biden while under federal investigation.”
“Is this really the image America wants to project to the world?” she wondered.
Although national security concerns were raised, Biden publicly expressed pride in his son by stating that he is “proud” of Hunter during his trip to Ireland.