WASHINGTON — A spokesman for former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on Thursday refuted an MSNBC report that revealed he had met with the former CEO of a top Ukrainian energy company, saying that Biden did not meet with the person cited in the story.
“Mr. Biden’s campaign team did not meet with Victor Pinchuk,” Alleigh Marre, a spokeswoman for Biden’s exploratory committee, said in a statement, referring to the Ukrainian-born businessman in the report. “Any other reports that he did is a complete fabrication.”
Also on Thursday, one of Biden’s top advisers appeared on MSNBC to criticize the story, which first surfaced Wednesday. Ron Klain, who previously served as Biden’s chief of staff, said that his former boss did not in fact meet with Pinchuk.
“This really matters because it suggests somehow we may or may not need to pre-approve any meetings with foreign dignitaries in Ukraine,” Klain said. “We never did.”
There was confusion on Wednesday over whether Biden met with Pinchuk, with a spokesman for the Ukraine energy company saying he did but Biden’s team saying he did not. On Thursday, MSNBC removed the line from its story.
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