Joe Biden’s son Hunter is on the White House guest list for a prestigious state dinner on Thursday, two days after pleading guilty to two criminal charges.
The US president has always publicly defended this son with a painful past, a constant target of his political opponents.
According to the list, Hunter Biden will be accompanied by his wife Melissa Cohen, which also includes Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley and his wife Jill Biden and US President Naomi’s granddaughter.
Alphabet (Google), Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Apple CEO Tim Cook will be participating in the event in honor of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Hunter Biden is the only surviving child of the US president’s first marriage, which ended tragically in 1972 when Joe Biden’s wife and their still infant daughter died in a car accident.
Hunter Biden survived, as did his brother Beau, but the latter died of brain cancer in 2015.
The youngest son of the US president is scheduled to appear in court on July 26.
Hunter Biden, a past alcohol and crack addict, will plead guilty to tax evasion.
In a gun law violation case, he will make a deal with the prosecutor that amounts to pleading guilty.
He was accused of buying a gun in 2018 while he was addicted to drugs.
Joe Biden said again this week that he was “very proud” of his son.
Hunter Biden has been accused of corruption by Republican opponents.
Conservative lawmakers accuse Joe Biden of using his father’s networks and name to do dubious business in Ukraine and China when he was Barack Obama’s vice president (2009-2017).