What happened: President Joe Biden finally acknowledged his seventh grandchild—a four-year-old girl named Navy Joan—more than three years after an Arkansas court established "with scientific certainty" that Hunter Biden was the child's father.
The 80-year-old president admitted to having seven grandchildren in a statement provided to People magazine late Friday afternoon.
What they're saying: "This is not a political issue, it's a family matter," Biden said in the statement. "[Dr.] Jill and I only want what is best for all of our grandchildren, including Navy."
Why it matters: Biden claims to care about family more than anything else. Nevertheless, the president repeatedly refused to acknowledge his granddaughter and ordered White House staff to deny that she existed.
When asked to comment on the innocent little girl, Biden and his aides responded with a mix of indignation and indifference. Biden only relented after Maureen Dowd wrote a scathing column in the New York Times last month denouncing his behavior.
Crucial context: Hunter Biden claims to have no memory of a romantic encounter with the child's mother, Lunden Roberts. In his 2021 memoir, Hunter explained that during his crack-fueled "rampages," he would cavort with untold numbers of women who were "hardly the dating type."