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In a letter to the President of the Senate Foreign Relations Roberto MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezBiden sparks high-stakes dispute over spending framework Why is Trump undermining his administration’s historic China policies? Senate Republican Party says they will help rescue Fed Chairman Biden MORE (DN.J.) and James Risch (R-Idaho), Rubio, Johnson and Cruz said they are “deeply concerned” that Gutman’s nomination was part of a “quid pro quo.”
Republican senators expressed concern regarding Biden’s appointment as the University of Pennsylvania. Presidential Professor of Practice Benjamin Franklin during Gutmann’s tenure as rector of the university. He was nominated for the position in 2017, after serving eight years as vice president, and left in 2021.
“It appears that President Biden may be rewarding a friend who previously provided him more than $ 900,000 for what appears to have been an absentee job as the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania,” the senators wrote.
The White House announced Gutmann’s nomination in late July, as Biden’s first ambassadorial nomination to a Group of Seven (G-7) country. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to play the role.
Gutmann is an expert in political philosophy who has served as president of the University of Pennsylvania since 2004. She previously served as chancellor and dean of the faculty at Princeton University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
In their letter, the senators wrote that Biden’s role at the University of Pennsylvania did not require “active teaching” on Biden’s part and urged the panel to pressure Gutmann on the role he played in recruiting Biden to the chair, as ask if other fees the teachers received approximately $ 900,000 in compensation.
The letter also points to a February 2020 report from The Philadelphia Inquirer, which alleges that Penn received at least $ 258 million in foreign donations from 2013 to 2019, with most of that money coming from Chinese entities.
“At the very least, it is critical to establish whether Dr. Gutmann was involved in any quid pro quo related to Biden’s salary and whether Dr. Gutmann is compromised given the massive influx of Chinese funds to the University,” the senators said.
The Hill has reached out to the White House and the University of Pennsylvania for comment.