Exclusive: Biden tells Muir he wouldn’t pardon son Hunter, says Trump received ‘fair trial’

Biden is in Normandy to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the landing.

President Joe Biden said he would not pardon his son Hunter amid an ongoing gun trial during a wide-ranging exclusive interview with ABC News anchor David Muir at the Normandy American Cemetery , on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Muir asked Biden on Thursday if he would accept the outcome of his son’s trial in Wilmington, Delaware, to which the president responded, “Yes.” Biden also answered “yes” when Muir asked if he would rule out a pardon for Hunter.

Hunter Biden, the president’s only surviving son, is on trial in Delaware on three charges related to his efforts to obtain a gun in 2018 while he was allegedly addicted to drugs. This is a historic trial, as no son of a sitting president has ever faced a criminal trial. Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty last October after being indicted by special prosecutor David Weiss.

For more on Muir’s interview with President Biden, watch “World News Tonight with David Muir” on ABC at 6:30 p.m. ET.

During the interview with Muir in Normandy, France, the president also discussed opponent Donald Trump’s own historic trial, after Trump became the first former president to be convicted of crimes. Trump, convicted of 34 counts of falsifying business records, baselessly called his guilty verdict a politically motivated witch hunt.

Biden accused Trump of seeking to undermine the rule of law.

“He’s trying to undermine it,” Biden Muir said. “He had a fair trial. The jury has spoken.”

Biden also discussed his new executive action to close the border to asylum seekers between official ports of entry. This came months after congressional Republicans rejected a bipartisan border security deal at the urging of former President Trump.

“Would you have liked to do this sooner?” » Muir asked Biden.

“No,” Biden said.

The president also discussed with Muir Israeli military operations against Hamas in Gaza, of which he is increasingly critical. Biden called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to credibly consider the safety of civilians in the southern Gaza town of Rafah.

“I think he listens to me,” Biden said of Netanyahu.

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