Hunter Biden Says He Takes No Pleasure In Watching the 'Death Spiral' of Donald Trump

Hunter Biden has said it's hard for him to say "anything snarky" about President Donald Trump because he was "raised to respect that office" and does not enjoy seeing the administration in a "death spiral."

Speaking in an interview with ABC News following the impeachment inquiry that centers on a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy concerning himself and his father, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Hunter also spoke about his business dealings in Ukraine and denied he had done anything wrong.

"'Did I do anything improper? No, and not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever. I joined a board, I served honorably. I focused on corporate governance. I didn't have any discussions with my father before or after I joined the board as it related to it, other than that brief exchange that we had," Biden said of his time on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma, which has become the subject of criticism from President Trump.

Trump has claimed that Biden improperly benefited from his father's role as vice president during his involvement with Burisma, insisting there was impropriety in Joe Biden's role in the dismissal of Ukraine's top prosecutor Viktor Shokin. At the time, Shokin was investigating a person connected with Burisma. The claims are unfounded, and Joe Biden has repeatedly insisted that such allegations are untrue.

Although Hunter Biden maintained he had done nothing wrong, and said that he and his father had never discussed Ukraine, he told ABC that his business dealings may have been a mistake—but only because they had provided people with material to bash his father.

"In retrospect, look, I think that it was poor judgment on my part. Is that I think that it was poor judgment because I don't believe now, when I look back on it—I know that there was—did nothing wrong at all. However, was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is a swamp in many ways? Yeah," he said. "I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That's where I made the mistake," he noted. "So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever.

"Did I make a mistake? Well, maybe in the grand scheme of things, yeah. But did I make a mistake based upon some ethical lapse? Absolutely not."

President Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the Bidens, even suggesting the interview would be a sham ahead of its airing on Good Morning America on Tuesday—just hours before the Democratic debate.

"A big scandal at @ABC News. They got caught using really gruesome FAKE footage of the Turks bombing in Syria. A real disgrace. Tomorrow they will ask softball questions to Sleepy Joe Biden's son, Hunter, like why did Ukraine & China pay you millions when you knew nothing? Payoff?" Trump tweeted on Monday night.

Asked if he wanted to send a message to the president, Biden declined.

"No, no. I mean really no. It's really hard for me to say anything snarky right now or combative because I was raised to respect that office. I don't know —it's making me emotional," he said.

"I'm really proud of being an American. But I have to admit I take no pleasure in this, watching this death spiral of this administration, this president and the people that surround him," he added.