White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday defended Hunter Biden’s plans to meet with potential buyers of his art, saying the fact that the actual buyers will be anonymous will prevent the appearance of any “undue influence” in the administration.
“He’s not going to have any conversations related to the selling of art,” Psaki said during her daily press briefing. “That will be left to the gallerist, as was outlined in the agreement that we announced just a few weeks ago. We believe this is a reasonable system that has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within appropriate safeguards.”
The comments follow a report by CBS News that the 51-year-old son of Biden will attend two art shows later this year in New York City and Los Angeles, where his paintings could sell for as much as $500,000.
The White House said Thursday that any buyers of the art will remain anonymous, except to the gallerists, and that Biden will not discuss “anything related to the selling of art.”
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