President Biden speaks on Hunter Biden for first time since verdict, says he's proud of his son

President Joe Biden embraces first lady Jill Biden and son Hunter Biden at the Capitol Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden on Thursday offered his first public remarks about his son's conviction.

President Joe Biden embraces first lady Jill Biden and son Hunter Biden at the Capitol Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden on Thursday offered his first public remarks about his son's conviction. (Planetpix, Alamy)


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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday offered his first public remarks about his son Hunter Biden's conviction on federal gun charges earlier this week, telling reporters in Italy he is "proud" of him and accepts the jury's verdict.

"I'm extremely proud of my son Hunter. He has overcome an addiction, he's one of the brightest, most decent men I know," Biden said during a news conference on the margins of the G7 summit.

"I am satisfied that I'm not going to do anything — I said I'd abide by the jury decision. I will do that. And I will not pardon him," he added.

Hunter Biden was found guilty on three federal charges this week, punctuating an emotionally tumultuous trial that unearthed many dark and private moments for the Biden family.

The president has sought to draw a distinction between his own acceptance of the jury's verdict and rival Donald Trump's claim that his own legal issues amount to a "rigged" justice system.

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