Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden was kicked out the Navy in February for testing positive for cocaine in June 2013. Biden joined the Navy Reserve in November 2012 and was commissioned as an ensign in May 2013.
News of Hunter Biden’s disgrace came not from Vice President Biden but from anonymous sources for the Wall Street Journal eight months after his discharge.
Vice President Biden declined comment to the Journal. Hunter Biden issued a statement to the Journal.
“Mr. Biden said in a statement that it was “the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge. I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.””
When Hunter Biden joined the Navy Reserve in 2012, the AP wrote a gushing report:
“Vice President Joe Biden will have another military son to worry about as he helps chart America’s course around the world.
“Youngest son Hunter is joining the Navy.”
The Journal quoted Joe Biden offering a humblebrag on Hunter Biden to a veterans inaugural ball in 2013:
“In January 2013, Joe Biden joked about Mr. Biden’s decision to pursue military service at age 42. “We have a lot of bad judgment in my family,” the vice president said at the American Legion’s Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball. “My son, who is over 40, just joined the United States Navy. He’s about to be sworn in as an officer, Hunter Biden.””
C-SPAN video of Joe Biden’s remarks is online.