Biden jets off to Italy with Hunter’s daughter Finnegan, 23, less than 24 hours after her father was found guilty of gun charges

President Joe Biden left for the G7 on Wednesday with son Hunter’s conviction hanging over him and the threat of Donald Trump awaiting him as he seeks to reassure world leaders of America’s place in the world. 

Finnegan Biden, 23, who is Hunter’s middle daughter, accompanied the president on Air Force One.  

While the political impact of Hunter’s guilty verdict remains to be seen, it could take a heavy personal toll on Biden, 81, as he seeks a second term in office. The president upended his schedule on Tuesday to return to Wilmington, Delaware to be with his son, hugging him on the airport tarmac. 

On Wednesday, the president woke up at his Wilmington lakefront home, flew with Finnegan to Joint Base Andrews and then boarded Air Force One, as he headed to meet with the leaders of the world’s biggest seven economies in what could be his last G7 conference.

Politics will dominate his trip.  

Nervous world leaders are watching the upcoming American election carefully and wondering if it will be Biden or Trump who will join them at next year’s meeting in Canada.

President Joe Biden and his granddaughter Finnegan Biden begin the trip to Italy

President Biden boards Air Force One

President Biden boards Air Force One

Biden, when he came into office, vowed to return America to its place in the world after Trump’s more isolationist policy. 

‘There was a real sense of relief in the room that America was back and actually leading at the table,’ said National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Tuesday.

But Trump is leading in the key battleground states that will decide the election. And it’s not just in the United States – across Europe a far-right movement is on the march. 

French President Emmanuel Macron, just a day after meeting with Biden, called for snap elections after his party after his rival Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally (RN) crushed his party in the European elections.

Far-right parties also made gains in Germany’s elections. And, in the  UK, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party is trailing the center-left opposition by about 20 points. 

While in Italy for two-days of meetings, Biden will seek to hold together his Western alliance, which is central to the defense of Ukraine in its war against Russia.

He is coming off a grueling travel schedule that saw him in France last week where he traveled to Normandy twice – once for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings and then to speak at Pointe du Hoc. He and first lady Jill Biden attended a state dinner on Saturday. 

On Sunday they returned to Wilmington to see son Hunter. On Monday Biden was back at the White House for a Juneteenth concert. On Tuesday, he spoke to a gun-control group in remarks that were interrupted by protests over the Gaza War. He then rushed home to Wilmington to be with his son.

President Joe Biden hugs his son Hunter Biden upon arrival in Wilmington, Del.

President Joe Biden hugs his son Hunter Biden upon arrival in Wilmington, Del.

President Joe Biden, with White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Annie Tomasini (left), and granddaughter Finnegan Biden (second left), is welcomed by Air Force Colonel Angela Ochoa (right) at Joint Base Andrews

President Joe Biden, with White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Annie Tomasini (left), and granddaughter Finnegan Biden (second left), is welcomed by Air Force Colonel Angela Ochoa (right) at Joint Base Andrews

Presidents Biden and Zelensky met in France last week - and will meet again this week at G7

Presidents Biden and Zelensky met in France last week – and will meet again this week at G7

All of this will put America’s oldest-ever president under scrutiny as he returns to the world state.

And the president has indicated he feels the pressure.  

Biden has often spoken of how world leaders tell him he must win a second term in the White House.

‘There’s not a major international meeting I attend that… a world leader doesn’t pull me aside as I’m leaving and say, ‘He can’t win. You can’t let him win,” Biden told Time magazine recently.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also will be at the G7, where he will meet with Biden and other world leaders. Biden will also hold a joint press conference with Zelensky, bringing the war in Ukraine to the forefront of the world stage. 

While meeting in Italy, the G7 leaders will seek to reach an agreement on plans to provide Ukraine with as much as $50 billion in aid based on interest generated on $300 billion in frozen Russian assets. 

The assets were frozen by the U.S. and Europe after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

More sanctions against Russia are expected to be announced

The G7 nations – the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. – have provided billions in aid to the Ukraine.

But if Trump wins the White House in November, that could change. Republicans in Congress held up funding for Ukraine for months. Biden apologized to Zelensky for that when he met with him in France last week. 

Kirby said the White House was confident that ‘regardless of who gets what seat in the EU parliament’ that the U.S. would still be able to work closely with European allies to support Ukraine.

‘We’re not at all concerned that we’re not going to be able to advance shared interests and values across the European continent,’ Kirby said.

The shadow of Donald Trump will hang over the G7 - above the former president faces down world leaders at the G7 meeting in Canada in 2018

The shadow of Donald Trump will hang over the G7 – above the former president faces down world leaders at the G7 meeting in Canada in 2018

The G7 leaders are gathering in a five-star resort in southern Italy. They will also discuss the Middle East, trade imbalances with China, threats posed by artificial intelligence and development challenges in Africa.

But, on the sunny seaside, the shadow of his son’s conviction will hang over Biden.

Aides are reported to be worried about the toll on the president, who is close to his son and said to continuously worry about him. 

Hunter Biden has grappled with addiction issues for years. 

The trial revealed some of the family’s darkest moments as they dealt with Hunter’s drug use. 

Jill Biden was there nearly every day, sitting in the front of the courtroom to watch the testimony play out. 

Biden has said he will not use his power as president to pardon his son and has been careful to distance himself from the Justice Department case.

He released a statement of support after Hunter’s conviction. Hunter was convicted on three counts of lying on a government form about his drug use in his purchase of handgun in 2018.

‘As I said last week, I am the president, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today. So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery.’ 

Hunter Biden also faces a second trial in September, this time on tax charges.  

Biden’s stay in Italy will be brief. He arrives around midnight local time on Wednesday and departs on Friday evening where he’ll head straight to Los Angeles for a campaign fundraiser with George Clooney, Jimmy Kimmel and Julia Roberts.  

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