White House defends inviting leaders of companies under federal prosecution to glitzy state dinner

The White House on Thursday defended inviting the CEOs of two companies under federal investigation to the star-studded state dinner with Japan.

“We invite an array of folks to come in,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “When another country comes, it shows bipartisanship; it shows the strength of that alliance that the U.S. has with that particular country. The list varies, and it’s always different types of people that come.”

State dinners at the executive mansion always bring out high-powered celebrities, in this case including former President Bill Clinton, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

But each of the latter two are in a legal battle with President Joe Biden‘s executive branch. The Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon
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