Jun 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Children and family members of Biden's top aides land government jobs

President Biden speaks at a microphone.

President Joe Biden speaks before signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At least five children of President Biden's top aides got jobs in the administration, per The Washington Post.

Why it matters: Ethics and diversity experts say Biden has not deviated far enough away from the practices of President Trump, who they say engaged in nepotism and cronyism, per the Post.

Flashback: Biden on the campaign trail promised that no member of his family would be involved in government, departing from President Trump, who hired his daughter and son-in-law to work as unpaid senior advisers.

  • As of now, none of Biden's direct family members serve in the administration.

Driving the news: Among those hired who have personal ties to the administration include two sons and a daughter of Biden's counselor and longtime aide, Steve Ricchetti, as Axios previously reported.

  • It also includes the daughter of a deputy White House chief of staff and the daughter of the director of presidential personnel, per the Post.
  • Other relatives of top Biden aides who have been hired include the wife of White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and the sister of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, per the Washington Post.

There is no evidence that Biden’s aides have influenced the hiring of their children or other relatives, per the Washington Post.

  • Federal law generally prohibits government officials from hiring close relatives or encouraging their hiring.

What they're saying: The Biden administration has maintained that every new hire has been qualified for the role.

  • “The president has instituted the highest ethical standards of anyone to ever hold this office,” deputy White House press secretary Andrew Bates told the Washington Post. “And he’s proud to have staffed the most diverse administration in American history with well-qualified public servants who reflect his values.”

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