Hunter Biden, wife Melissa and son Beau board Marine One amid new controversy over Secret Service stepping in to cover up his missing handgun in 2018
- Hunter Biden, wife Melissa, and their son Beau were seen departing the White House South Lawn Friday
- The 51-year-old and his family joined the president for a weekend away in their hometown of Wilmington, Delaware
- The Bidens flew to the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland where they traveled home on Air Force One
- The family getaway comes just weeks after White House press corps criticized the president for his frequent trips home during the coronavirus pandemic
Hunter Biden and his family joined President Joe Biden on Friday as he flew to his home in Delaware for the fourth weekend since taking office.
The 51-year-old, his wife Melissa, and their baby son Beau were seen leaving the White House Friday afternoon as they traveled to Wilmington with his father.
Hunter held his 12-month-old son in his arms with Melissa close behind him before boarding Marine One from the South Lawn.
The Bidens flew to the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland where they then traveled to Wilmington on Air Force One.
Hunter Biden and his family joined President Joe Biden on Friday as he flew to his home in Delaware for the fourth weekend since taking office
The family getaway comes just two weeks after the White House press corps criticized the president for his frequent trips home during the coronavirus pandemic
President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, left, as carries his son Beau and holds his wife Melissa Cohen’s hand before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
When Biden landed in Wilmington he spoke to reporters there and was asked about having Baby Beau on board.
‘It’s really great,’ the doting grandfather replied.
The family getaway comes just two weeks after the White House press corps criticized the president for his frequent trips home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Press secretary Jen Psaki later defended the commander-in-chief saying: ‘The president lives in Wilmington. It’s his home. That’s where he’s lived for many, many years.
‘And as you know, as any president of the United States does, he takes a private airplane called Air Force One to travel there.’
Biden has been open about his love for his home state, where he lived as a senator before being elected vice president in 2008 and where he returned after he left the White House in 2017.
Hunter held his 12-month-old son in his arms with Melissa close behind him before boarding Marine One from the White House South Lawn
President Joe Biden turns back to assist his son Hunter Biden and grandson Beau while boarding Air Force One in a strong breeze as they depart Washington for travel to Wilmington
Biden doted on his grandson after landing in Wilmington later that afternoon
Hunter was also reported to have been splitting his time between California and Delaware before moving into a family home in Venice earlier this year.
The president’s embattled son made headlines once again this week after it was reported the Secret Service tried to intervene in a 2018 police investigation involving Hunter and his then-girlfriend, his brother’s widow Hallie.
A report published by Politico revealed Hallie threw a gun she’d found in his car into a grocery store trash can because she thought he was going to kill himself with it.
The FBI were called to the scene and both Hunter and Hallie were interviewed by police.
While the pair were being questioned, Secret Service agents went to StarQuest Shooters – where Hunter had purchased the gun – and asked the owner if he’d give them the sale records.
No one in the Biden family was entitled to Secret Service protection at the time but Politico cites unnamed sources who say that agents from the Secret Service offices in Wilmington and Philadelphia kept an ‘informal’ role in protecting them after Joe left office as Vice President in 2017.
Vice Presidents are not entitled to lifelong Secret Service protection in the way that Presidents are.
The Secret Service told Politico it had no record of any involvement of its officers in the investigation.