President Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed that nothing comes above family. He has also said on numerous occasions how he is “proud” of his son Hunter Biden, yet someone it appears that the elder Biden is apparently quite embarrassed by Navy Joan Roberts, his grandchild and the illegitimate daughter of Hunter.
What else could explain the Biden clan’s attempts to distance themselves from the child, with Biden telling reporters he has “six” not “seven” grandchildren who he speaks with daily, while the White House has also made it clear that it is a topic it won’t even address.
“There was a story in The New York Times over the weekend about Hunter Biden’s daughter in Arkansas. Does the president acknowledge this little girl as his granddaughter?” a reporter asked at Wednesday’s White House press briefing. The question came just days after the paper of record ran a story centered on the four-year-old child, in which it reported that White House aides have been told to say publicly that President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have only six grandchildren.
“I don’t have anything to share from here,” Jean-Pierre responded, continuing the White House’s now long-standing tradition of refusing to answer questions pertaining to Roberts.
Joe Biden Can’t Count to Seven?
In April, at a White House “take your child to work day” event, President Biden told attendees, “I have six grandchildren, and I’m crazy about them. And I speak to them every single day. Not a joke.”
Perhaps he is joking that he is “proud” of his son Hunter, as it appears he is not so crazy about the fact that Hunter has four – not three – children. It was just last week that Hunter Biden settled his Arkansas child support case with Roberts’ mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts, ending a years-long paternity dispute. Hunter had agreed to gift his daughter some of his paintings, while Lunden Roberts agreed to withdraw her counterclaim to change their child’s last name to “Biden.”
At least the girl will get some art.
That may sound like a joke, but the paintings have been selling for as much as $500,000. Those prices, which have been considered high for a novice artist, even raised questions in Washington about whether the works might attract buyers seeking to curry favor with the Biden White House.
The Daily Mail newspaper reported that Hunter Biden had also agreed to build a relationship with his daughter, and suggested it could pay the wave for her to be acknowledged by the president. But that seems unlikely, at least until after the 2024 presidential campaign.
Until then, she’ll likely have to settle for a few paintings.
“The idea is that Navy Joan will pick the art herself, she can hang it on her bedroom wall and feel she has something special from her dad. It will mean the world to her,” a source close to the matter told DaiyMail.com.
“When the time is right Hunter can present his work to Navy Joan in person, he can teach her about art and how to paint. It’s a fun way for father and daughter to bond. As for the name, Navy Joan knows her last name is Roberts but she’s also aware of who her father is. When the relationship is built she can change her name when she chooses.”
The British tabloid also reported that Hunter Biden had initially claimed to have vowed to support Lunden Roberts “emotionally, physically and financially,” but instead “ghosted her” – ignoring her texts and calls, and then even refusing to acknowledge Navy Joan was his until Roberts sued for child support in 2019 and a court-ordered DNA test proved her claims.
It is unclear if the White House or even President Biden directly played a role in the younger Biden’s decision not to acknowledge the child.
However, it remains clear that the most powerful man in the world, who speaks of the importance of family and has time to speak to his other grandchildren daily, refuses to even recognize the existence of his son’s love child.
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