Hunter Biden’s estranged daughter will not use his surname. Navy Joan, the child of Biden’s former lover Lunden Roberts, was the subject of a recent row that has now ended in a legal agreement. The child’s mother wanted her daughter to be known as Biden because she believed it would bring opportunities, but Hunter said the name is a burden, and he wished for a quiet life for the child.
The agreement furthermore reduces Hunter Biden’s monthly child support payments from $20,000 to $5,000. Biden asked for the reduction, saying he was experiencing severe financial difficulty. Roberts’ lawyers initially hit back saying Biden was pleading poverty through some of the most expensive lawyers in America. Attorney Clint Lancaster said he intended to look more closely into Biden’s finances, but the terms of the new agreement have now avoided this.
Navy Joan was born in 2019 and Hunter Biden initially denied he was the child’s father. A paternity test settled the matter, but it’s believed the President’s son still has not met his daughter. Furthermore, President Biden still has not publicly acknowledged her.
On occasions when the President has mentioned his grandchildren, Navy Joan was not included. At Christmas, Biden’s six other grandchildren have a special Christmas stocking made in their name, but there is none for the 4-year-old who lives with her mother in Arkansas. Similarly, at a “take your child to work day” at the White House, the President said, “I have six grandchildren. And I’m crazy about them. And I speak to them every single day.” Once again, Navy Joan was not mentioned or acknowledged.
At a White House press briefing in May, reporters questioned Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre on the matter, but she curtly replied that she would not comment. “I’m not gonna speak to that from here,” she said. She ignored further questioning.
Four-year-old Navy Joan is the seventh Biden grandchild and the only one born out of wedlock.