Biden Promises Family Won’t Be Involved In ‘Any Government Undertaking Or Foreign Policy’

U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. First Lady Jill Biden pose with their family in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the "Celebrating America" event at the Lincoln Memorial after the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Pool
President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and their family pose at the Lincoln Memorial where the President participated in a televised ceremony on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images)
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President Joe Biden has vowed to steer clear of his predecessor’s notorious penchant for entrenching family members in government affairs.

“We’re going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration,” Biden told People on Wednesday in his first interview since his inauguration. “No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody has an office in this place.”

The pledge is part of Biden’s effort to define his presidency as a return to normalcy after four years of President Donald Trump, who appointed his eldest daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner to senior positions in the White House.

The couple were heavily involved in Trump’s domestic and foreign affairs despite their lack of experience in politics plus their blatant conflicts of interest with their business dealings. Additionally, a White House whistleblower told Congress that Ivanka and Kushner had been denied top security clearances before Trump overruled senior staffers and approved the clearances anyway.

At the same time, Trump and his allies in the right-wing media fixated on Biden’s son, Hunter, and peddled unproven conspiracy theories that Biden had used his position as vice president to shield Hunter from criminal investigations in Ukraine. Trump’s desperate efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into announcing an investigation into Hunter eventually led to his first impeachment.

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