The president’s critics have called his objection to Saudi involvement in the Twitter deal the height of hypocrisy
US President Joe Biden has been accused of hypocrisy after suggesting an investigation into foreign involvement in billionaire Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter. Rep. James Comer (R-Kentucky) told Fox News that the Biden family’s own ties to foreign interests outweigh any of Musk’s overseas connections.
“The fact that Joe Biden said there should be a Twitter investigation into foreign investment will go down in history as one of the most hypocritical statements ever made by the President of the United States.“Comer said.
Say that [Musk] should be investigated, but for Congress to turn a blind eye to his family’s influence peddling with China, Russia, Ukraine and, yes, the Middle East, it’s unbelievable .
When asked on Wednesday if he thought the world’s richest man was a “threat to national security“, Biden replied that he thought Musk”cooperation and/or technical relations with other countries is worth considering whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate.” However, he insisted that he was “not suggesting“Musk was actually doing something inappropriate.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal pledged his $1.89 billion stake in Twitter when Musk was acquired earlier this year, alongside the $375 million pledged by the Qatar Investment Fund. Musk bought the company for a total of $44 billion after a lengthy legal battle.
While the prince has had a stake in Twitter since 2011, his involvement only recently concerned Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), who urged Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to investigate possible Saudi influence on the network, citing the importance of maintaining Twitter as “neutral platform free from foreign influence.”
Rep. Comer seemed confident Musk would help Republicans advance their own investigation into the Biden family’s foreign influence peddling by turning over documents regarding Twitter’s censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story, which has been wiped from the platform ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
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