Joe Biden’s son-in-law Howard Krein is an informal adviser to the Democratic presidential candidate on the response to the coronavirus pandemic, while simultaneously investing in health-care startups to address the pandemic, Politico reported on Tuesday.
Krein’s venture capital business, StartUp Health, announced in April that it would invest in ten medical startup companies that craft solutions to issues posed by the pandemic. At the same time, Krein was among several individuals speaking with the Biden campaign regarding its health policy.
The initiative by StartUp Health was dubbed the “Pandemic Response Health Moonshot,” language that echoes Biden’s own “Cancer Moonshot” project from his last year in the Obama administration.
Krein’s position raises questions about a possible conflict of interest for the Biden campaign. A campaign official confirmed to Politico that Krein was an informal adviser who has participated in calls with the candidate on pandemic response.
“I have little doubt that
Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMcConnell challenger dodges court packing question ‘Hamilton’ cast to reunite for Biden fundraiser Trump relishes return to large rallies following COVID-19 diagnosis MORE’s son-in-law, Howard Krein, has continued his work at an investment firm overseeing health care solutions to COVID-19 while also advising the Biden campaign on the pandemic, sparking potential conflict-of-interest concerns, according to Politico.
In March, StartUp Health, where Krein serves as chief medical officer, announced a new initiative to invest in entrepreneurs with various “solutions for mitigating, managing, or treating coronavirus or future pandemics.”
A month later, StartUp Health announced it would be investing $1 million across 10 different startups with potential public health solutions to the coronavirus.
This came around the same time that Bloomberg and The New York Times both reported Krein among those taking part in daily Biden campaign briefing calls on health policy.
Vice President Mike Pence accused Joe Biden of being a “cheerleader” for China during the vice presidential debate on Wednesday night.
Pence faced off against opponent Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) in the only election debate between the vice presidential candidates. Harris criticized President Trump’s handling of the tariff war with China, in which the Trump administration and Chinese government have placed tariffs on various exports.
“The vice president earlier referred to…what he thinks is an accomplishment: the president’s trade war with China,” Harris said. “You lost that trade war.” Harris went on to blame the trade war for the loss of 300,000 American manufacturing jobs.
Pence, however, hit back at the senator’s criticism.
“Lost the trade war with China? Joe Biden never fought it,” Pence said. “Joe Biden’s been a cheerleader for communist China through…the last several decades.”
Pence went on to assert that while Biden was vice president
In October 2020, with just four weeks to go until Election Day, the reelection campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump posted a short video clip on Twitter saying it showed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden calling Trump supporters the “dregs of society.”
The tweet, posted on Oct. 6 by @TrumpWarRoom, contained the following text: “Joe Biden called Trump supporters the ‘dregs of society.’ The idea that Biden is a unifier is a joke.” In the accompanying eight-second clip, Biden says:
“They’re a small percentage of the American people. Virulent people. Some of them the dregs of society.”
Joe Biden called Trump supporters the “dregs of society.”
The idea that Biden is a unifier is a joke. pic.twitter.com/k4gSzNaiOR
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 6, 2020
However, the Trump campaign’s presentation of Biden’s remarks was deeply misleading. Viewed in proper context, it’s clear that the
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden aimed to walk fine line between calling for racial justice and enforcing law and order in the nation Tuesday.
After months of protests and rioting across the country, Mr. Biden pushed back at criticism he was soft in his support for law enforcement, arguing that it was a false choice.
“The country has been riled by incidents of excessive police force, heartbreaking cases of racial injustice, and lives needlessly and senselessly lost. By peaceful protesters giving voice to calls for justice. By examples of violence and looting and burning that cannot be tolerated,” he said in a speech delivered in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
“I believe in law and order. I’ve never supported the defunding the police but I also believe that justice is real,” he added. “I cannot believe we have to choose between law and order racial justice in America. We can have both. This
The growing sense that the US presidency is slipping from the grasp of Donald Trump will be greeted with quiet relief in most of the government offices of western Europe. But not, perhaps, in London.
The Johnson government is desperate to demonstrate the benefits of leaving the EU — and Mr Trump has always been vociferously pro-Brexit. He has also promised the UK a great trade deal. By contrast, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who has Irish roots, has warned there will be no trade deal with the US if the UK violates the Good Friday peace agreement in Ireland — a comment that was greeted with shock and anger by the Conservative right.
But any quiet longing for a second Trump term in Downing Street, or in the Tory party, rests on a profound misunderstanding both of British interests and of the likely nature of another Trump administration.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden fielded questions from voters at an NBC News town hall event in Miami on Monday night, and in his answers he urged people to wear masks, said President Trump was partly to blame for contracting COVID-19, and suggested he shouldn’t have called him a “clown” during last week’s debate.
After a voter asked Biden about Trump’s “bullying” interruptions at the debate, moderator Lester Holt noted “it was an ugly debate, and it hit some lows — you called him a ‘clown,’ a ‘fool,’ you told him to ‘shut up.’ It seemed to go against some of the language you’ve said about, you know, not being divisive. Do you regret any part on your part?”
Biden said as Trump kept lobbing “invectives” and personal gibes at him, he tried hard “to figure out how I could possibly have him respect the debate, respect the evening.” And
Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden said Monday he would work to pass legislation codifying the right to obtain an abortion if the Supreme Court takes action to undermine Roe v. Wade, the 1973 high court ruling that recognized abortion rights.
At a Miami, Florida town hall held by NBC, a female participant asked Mr. Biden how he would respond if the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade because she was fearful of President Trump appointing Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the high court.
“Considering the new Supreme Court nomination of [Judge] Amy Coney Barrett, what are your plans to protect women’s reproductive rights in the U.S.?” the female questioner asked.
“Number one, we don’t know exactly what she will do, although the expectation is that she may very well move to over, overview, overrule Roe,” Mr. Biden answered. “The only responsible response to that would be to pass
Former Vice President Joe Biden has said he’ll move to protect abortion rights if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade, the historic decision that protected a woman’s right to have an abortion.
The Democratic presidential nominee told an NBC News town hall in Miami on Monday that if the historic ruling on abortion is overturned, his “only response to that is pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.”
A new Trump campaign commercial makes an engaging pitch for support from black Americans, but it repeats an attack against opponent Joe Biden that is flagrantly inaccurate and egregiously hypocritical.
The ad begins with an attractive black couple saying President Trump’s tenure has been beneficial for their business. So far, so good. The ad pivots, though, to an attack on the 1994 crime bill that Biden helped negotiate while chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The claims in the ad are just plain false.
“Joe Biden wrote the crime bill,” it says. (No, he didn’t, but he did help oversee its legislative progress.) “Hundreds of thousands of black Americans were put in jail for minor offenses.” As those words cross the screen, the wife in the ad says that “the one thing Joe Biden has done in 47 years in Washington, D.C., has made