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The White House refused on Wednesday to acknowledge President Joe Biden's seventh granddaughter.
What is the background?
Over the weekend, the New York Times published an exposé about the complicated relationship between the Biden family and Lunden Roberts, with whom Hunter Biden shares a 4-year-old daughter. According to that story, neither the president nor the first son have ever met the young girl.
Shockingly, the story even claimed that White House staff are instructed to say that Biden has six, not seven, grandchildren, effectively pretending that Hunter's youngest daughter does not exist. From the Times:
And then there is President Biden. His public image is centered around his devotion to his family — including to Hunter, his only surviving son. In strategy meetings in recent years, aides have been told that the Bidens have six, not seven, grandchildren, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
What did the WH say?
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the story on Wednesday and, more importantly, whether President Biden "acknowledge[s] this little girl as his granddaughter."
But the answer appeared to confirm the New York Times' story.
"I don't have anything to share from here," Jean-Pierre said callously.
Just three months ago, Biden boasted his cred as devoted family man by claiming he speaks to his grandchildren every day. By his count, though, there are only six — even though there are seven.
"I have six grandchildren. And I’m crazy about them. And I speak to them every single day. Not a joke," he said in April, claiming his grandchildren are "so crazy" about him "because I pay so much attention to them."
Fortunately for Biden, his youngest granddaughter is "proud" of him despite receiving the cold shoulder, according to Roberts.
"She's very proud of who her grandfather is and who her dad is," Roberts told the New York Times. "That is something that I would never allow her to think otherwise."
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News