"There’s deep reluctance, as this reporting shows, to raise this with President Biden because he has stuck by his sole surviving son and he will. And in private also, I've heard reports that he’s very obsessed with the negative coverage of Hunter," explained the reporter. "He’s concerned about it, it’s an irritant. And that’s understandable. But not one that allies around him want to raise because it will derail a conversation."
"Hunter Biden is not a topic of discussion in campaign meetings," one senior aide confirmed to CNN. "It’s just not addressed."
Though it's easy to understand the commander-in-chief's behavior, Shane Goldmacher noted that many are unhappy over him staying silent on both Hunter's issues and Donald Trump's indictment, as they are "two of the most talked about issues in the country politically."
"He’s now basically issuing an order for the top person in the Democratic Party That’s a tough place to be on both of those counts. It’s hard to never answer questions about his son’s investigation," Goldmacher conitnued. "It's hard to never talk about the former president and the front-runner to-be rival’s criminal charges. And so it makes them not active participants in two of the biggest story lines."
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Hunter has been in the headlines due to unpaid tax charges, his shady business deals, drug addiction and his estranged relationship with daughter Navy, the 4-year-old he's yet to have met despite a paternity test confirming he's the father of Lunden Roberts' tot.
It wasn't until last month that the president acknowledged his granddaughter for the first time.
"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 POTUS stated. "This is not a political issue, it’s a family matter. Jill and I only want what is best for all of our grandchildren, including Navy."