Better Late Than Never? Biden Quietly Acknowledges 7th Grandchild

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President Joe Biden has finally publicly acknowledged the existence of his seventh grandchild.

After 5 p.m. on Friday night, People magazine published an exclusive statement from the president recognizing 4-year-old Navy Joan Roberts, the daughter of first son Hunter Biden and ex-girlfriend Lunden Roberts. 

“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,” the president said. 

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

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Biden and first lady Jill Biden have received criticism for until now failing to acknowledge Navy. During Christmas 2021, six stockings bearing each grandchild’s name hung on a fireplace in the White House, but one for Navy was noticeably missing. During a White House event in April, Biden said, “I have six grandchildren. And I’m crazy about them.” 

The president’s son initially denied that Navy was his daughter, but a DNA test proved the child was Hunter Biden’s. The younger Biden says he fathered the child during a challenging time in his life and that he was never in a relationship with Navy’s mother. 

Joe Biden’s comments about Navy were “provided exclusively to PEOPLE” in a “July 2023 statement,” according to the magazine. Biden made the statement about his youngest granddaughter after a number of news outlets, including The New York Times, criticized Biden for ignoring Navy’s existence.

The decision to release the news at 5:02 p.m. at the start of a summer weekend might have been happenstance, but, as we discuss on this week’s edition of the “Problematic Women” podcast, the timing of the comments’ release appears intentional.

On this week’s edition of “Problematic Women,” we explain what Biden’s belated acknowledgement of Navy says about the president. Also on today’s show, we bring you some of the spiciest moments from a gender ideology hearing on Capitol Hill last week. And whether you’re a CEO, an intern, or anywhere in between, the phrase “servant leader” is a buzzword you’ve heard around the office. Is it an outdated concept in modern society? We discuss. 

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