President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have released a statement about the upcoming memoir from son Hunter Biden.
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The statement, read by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, said: “We admire our son Hunter’s strength and courage to talk openly about his addiction so that others might see themselves in his journey and find hope.”
The book is called “Beautiful Things” and will center on the younger Biden’s well publicized struggles with substance abuse, according to Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Acquired in the fall of 2019, “Beautiful Things” was kept under wraps even as Biden’s business dealings became a fixation of then-President Donald Trump and others during the election and his finances a matter of investigation by the Justice Department.
In a snippet released by Gallery, Biden writes in his book, “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love.”
Asked during Thursday’s briefing about the president’s commitment to raising the federal minimum wage, Psaki said Biden was committed to raising the minimum wage. “There’s obviously a process that’s ongoing – the reconciliation process that will make some determinations about what can and cannot be in the bill based on rules.”
Psaki would not be drawn into the debate over how Republicans deal with Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has drawn bipartisan condemnation over her embrace of far-right conspiracy theories, as well as her past endorsement of calls for violence against Democrats.
“I would say that it’s not the role of the president or the role of the White House press secretary to do analysis on the, you know, fissures in the Republican Party and the actions that may be taken in Congress as a result,” she said.