After press secretary Jen Psaki reprimanded a reporter for asking a question about the White House’s art arrangement with Hunter Biden, former Obama-appointed director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, criticized her and the government’s dismissive stance. and called it “disappointing.”
“These are legitimate questions. It’s disappointing to hear @jrpsaki sending a message that the WH believes the public has no right to ask about ethics. After the last 4 years, these questions have never been more important. I know this is not a popular opinion but these things are important,” Shaub tweeted Wednesday.
New York Post reporter Steven Nelson questioned Psaki about the possible ethical red flags of the president’s son who recently sold multiple paintings for huge price tags, despite his lack of experience in fine arts.
“We at the New York Post reported Friday that the first son had sold five prints of his artwork for $75,000 each and that a team of attorneys is assessing potential buyers who will be admitted to an upcoming show in New York,” he said. of the White House brokered agreement where the buyers would be anonymous.”
When he inquired about the identity of the buyers and whether the condition of the deal that all potential buyers remain anonymous had been violated, Psaki broke down with the suggestion.
“I know this is your favorite subject,” Psaki said. “But again, it’s still the gallery owner’s job. We still do not know and will not know who is buying paintings. And the president remains proud of his son.”
Under the original arrangement announced in July, the president’s son would be able to earn income from the sale of art without knowing who was buying his pieces, in order to avoid political favoritism and situations where people could illegitimately influence the government. to buy.
Shaub, who has expressed doubts about Hunter Biden’s art arrangement at the White House a few times before, took issue with Psaki’s casual and half-hearted response to what he believes to be a serious ethical issue.
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