Pete Buttigieg: “I would not have wanted to see” son on Ukrainian company board

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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami, as former vice president Joe Biden watches. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

(AP/WEHT)- South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, Pete Buttigieg told reporters in Iowa that he would not want to see his son serve on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company while leading anti-corruption efforts in the Eastern European country.

The comments were seen as a criticism of former Vice President, Joe Biden whose son served on the board for Burisma, a Ukrainian utility company. In July, President Trump reportedly withheld military aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into the company and, by extension, the Biden family.

Buttigieg later explained that the attacks against Hunter Biden’s position on the Burisma board are a diversion from the allegations made against President Trump in the articles of impeachment that passed the House of Representatives in December.

On Sunday, Buttigieg went after Biden’s voting history while as a member of the Senate, calling his support of the 2002 resolution authorizing military force in Iraq part of “the worst foreign policy decision made by the United States in my lifetime.”

Buttigieg has recently rose to the top of the polls in Iowa, where he has a nine point lead over Biden according to a recent poll conducted by Iowa State University. In New Hampshire, Buttigieg and Biden are in a dead heat according to the most recent poll from WBUR though both are behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. It should also be noted that Pete Buttigieg does not have children.

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(This story was originally published on December 31, 2019)

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