President Biden says he is ‘extremely proud’ of Hunter, though will not pardon him

President Biden told reporters at the G7 summit that he was “extremely proud” of Hunter though he would not pardon him, marking the first time he has commented on the matter since his son’s conviction.

Biden and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday met during the G7 in Italy to sign a joint agreement between the two countries as Ukraine continues to fend off attacks by Russia.

After signing the agreement, reporters were given the opportunity to ask questions of both presidents.

Biden called on a reporter from The Associated Press, who not only asked about expanding the parameters on U.S. weapons into Russia, but also about Biden’s son Hunter.


“You’re going through something that so many American families go through, the intersection of addiction and the criminal justice system. But you’re not like most families. Was your son able to get a fair trial? Do you believe the Justice Department operated independently of politics,” the reporter asked.

Biden responded: “With regard to the question regarding the family. I’m extremely proud of my son, Hunter. He has overcome an addiction. He has. He’s one of the brightest, most decent men I know. And I am satisfied that I’m not going to do anything. I said, I said, I’d abide by the jury decision. I will do that, and I will not pardon him.”

Hunter was found guilty of federal gun charges by a Delaware jury on Tuesday, and faces up to 25 years in prison, though he isn’t expected to receive the maximum penalty.

Gaza Strip

Biden was also asked about his discussions on the situation in Gaza, specifically on his assessment of Hamas’ response, and if he believed the terrorist group was trying to work toward a deal with Israel.

“I wish you guys would play by the rules a little bit. I’m here to talk about a critical situation in Ukraine. You’re asking another subject,” Biden snapped. “I’ll be happy to answer in detail later, but the bottom line is that we made an agreement. I laid out an approach that has been endorsed by the U.N. Security Council, by the G7, by the Israelis…Hamas [is] refusing to sign on, even though they have submitted something similar.”

“Whether or not it comes to fruition remains to be seen,” he added. “We’re going to continue to push. I don’t have a final answer for you.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the White House to find out what “rules” Biden was referring to, but did not immediately receive a response.


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