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During a Thursday briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended Hunter Biden’s decision to meet with potential buyers of his art on the grounds that he won’t be personally negotiating prices.

The president’s son will attend two gallery showings of his paintings in Los Angeles and New York later this year, where he is expected to meet potential buyers, CBS reported on Wednesday. The paintings could be sold for as much as $500,000, an arrangement that has been criticized by various ethics experts.

“We have no way of monitoring whether people are buying access to the White House,” Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics from 2013 to 2017, told the Washington Post earlier this month.

Psaki claimed on Thursday that Hunter Biden will not “have any conversation related to the selling of art. That will be left to the gallerist” according to an arrangement the White House announced earlier this month.

“We believe that this is a reasonable system…that allows Hunter Biden to work in his profession with appropriate safeguards,” Psaki added.

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