Former President Donald Trump called out President Joe Biden for allowing his son to sell his art to anonymous buyers, calling it a “100 percent bribe.”
Trump raised questions about Hunter Biden’s skill as an artist and the questionable handling guidelines set to sell his art anonymously during a Turning Point Action event in Arizona on Saturday.
“What about Hunter Biden getting a half a million dollars per painting, and he never painted before?” Trump asked. “Could you imagine if my kids did that?”
Hunter Biden’s paintings are priced between $75,000 and $500,000 apiece.
Hunter Biden’s “art” will “range from $75,000.00 for works on paper to $500,000.00 for large-scale paintings.” https://t.co/5x7SXUbjtI
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 15, 2021
Trump noted street artists in New York City’s Central Park could produce better art than Hunter Biden, just for $250.
“Hunter Biden’s getting $500,000,” Trump marveled. “It’s a bribe. It’s disgraceful, and the fake news media is talking about it like it’s okay, but we should have transparency. It’s unbelievable.”
The former president also ridiculed the guidelines surrounding the art sales, allowing Hunter Biden to meet potential buyers at an art show despite claiming the buyers would remain anonymous.
‘[N]ow they’re justifying it, ‘Well, we want to make it non-transparent.’ No, actually you should make it transparent, I guess,” he said.
The White House has defended Hunter Biden’s procedure to keep purchasers of his art anonymous, refusing to provide transparency.
“We believe that Hunter Biden, just like any child of a president, should be able to pursue their professions and their passions,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said to reporters during the daily briefing on Thursday.
Psaki insisted the system was “reasonable” and included “appropriate safeguards” to prevent corruption.
And to think: for just $363,000.00 more, they could have bought Hunter Biden's "art"! https://t.co/hHEHDXqxxa
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 17, 2021
She said although Hunter Biden could meet with potential buyers at the art gallery show, he had agreed not to discuss art sales with anyone.
Political ethics experts have criticized the decision to keep the names of the art purchasers anonymous.
“Their solution of transparency is to actually hide who is engaged in the transaction. It’s ludicrous,” said Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) in an interview with Fox Business.