Biden Publicly Acknowledges Hunter’s Out-of-Wedlock Daughter

Biden Publicly Acknowledges Hunter’s Out-of-Wedlock Daughter
(L–R) President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and Hunter Biden watch fireworks on the South Lawn of the White House on July 4, 2023. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden has publicly acknowledged the existence of his seventh grandchild named Navy Joan Roberts, who was fathered out-of-wedlock by his son with an Arkansas woman, for the first time.

The four-year-old girl is the child of the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and Lunden Roberts, who filed a paternity lawsuit against her child’s father in 2019. The two parties resolved child support issues in June.

In an interview with People Magazine on July 28, Mr. Biden made a statement for the first time about his estranged granddaughter amid criticism over his previous claims that he had only six grandchildren.

“Our son Hunter and Navy’s mother, Lunden, are working together to foster a relationship that is in the best interests of their daughter, preserving her privacy as much as possible going forward,” he remarked.

“This is not a political issue, it’s a family matter,” Mr. Biden added. “Jill and I only want what is best for all of our grandchildren, including Navy.”

The president has come under fire for not acknowledging his seventh granddaughter in the past. At a White House event in April, Mr. Biden claimed to have only “six grandchildren.”

“The best part of it all [is] I have six grandchildren. And I’m crazy about them. I speak to them every single day. Not a joke,” the president said during the ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ event on April 27.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) has criticized Mr. Biden for refusing to acknowledge his seventh grandchild as “cold, heartless, selfish, and cowardly.”

“Every American knows that Joe Biden should have done the right thing years ago and acknowledged ALL of his grandchildren,” she told Daily Mail on July 6. “America sees this for what it is—an inexcusable disgrace.”

Mr. Biden’s acknowledgment of Navy came after his son settled a child support case on June 30. While the financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed, it was reported that the president’s son had sought to reduce his monthly child support from $20,000.

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Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, holds his son Beau as they arrive for the National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, on Nov. 21, 2022. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

He agreed as part of the order to give an unspecified number of his paintings to the child to keep or sell. Ms. Roberts withdrew her motion for the child to have Mr. Biden’s last name.

Under the agreement, the two also agreed to discuss providing a college education fund for the child within the next five years.

Hunter Claims Having ‘No Recollection’ of His Encounter With Roberts

Hunter Biden had initially denied paternity, but a 2019 DNA test provided definitive evidence that he is the child’s father. He was believed to have met Ms. Roberts at a strip club in Washington in 2017.

The president’s son wrote about his encounter with Ms. Roberts in his 2021 memoir, saying it came while he was deep in addiction to alcohol and drugs, including crack cocaine.

“I had no recollection of our encounter,” he wrote. “That’s how little connection I had with anyone. I was a mess, but a mess I’ve taken responsibility for.”

Hunter Biden has four other children, including a son, Beau, born to his wife, Melissa Cohen, in 2020. His son was named after the president’s late son, who died of cancer in 2015, leaving behind two children.

Mr. Biden’s grandchildren have played a distinctive role in his presidency, often accompanying the president or first lady on trips and making regular visits to the White House. The president has also credited his grandchildren with persuading him to challenge then-President Donald Trump for the White House in 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times

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