Hunter and Joe Biden (credits David Mcnew, Getty Images)

US Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has been kicked out of the Navy Reserve for testing positive for drugs.

Highlights

  • Hunter was kicked out of the Navy in February but this was only revealed yesterday (October 16)
  • The 44-year-old younger son of the VP’s 2 sons says he regrets his action
  • His father was not contacted over the matter
  • The VP’s elder son is the Attorney General of the state of Delaware

Full story

A US official told NBC News on Thursday that Hunter Biden, son of US Vice President Joe Biden, was booted out of the Reserve earlier this year after he failed a drug test.

The official said Biden failed the test in 2013, but he was not kicked out until Feb. 14 of this year. Senior U.S. officials said 44-year-old Biden tested positive for cocaine.

The incident was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

According to one official, Biden’s dismissal from the Naval Reserves was not made public “because he was treated like any other sailor who fails a drug test and is thrown out of the Navy.” The official said the services do not routinely report such cases.

This is apparently why the Navy is said not to have had contact with the Vice President’s office over the issue.

Regret

Hunter Biden, who is married with three kids, issued a statement on Thursday evening through his lawyer, saying: “It was the honor of my life to serve in the US 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.”

He was commissioned in the Navy Reserves in 2012 as an Ensign and was pursuing a public affairs track. He had to get a waiver because of his age at the time of his commissioning.

Hunter is the younger of Joe Biden’s two sons. Beau, the elder son, is the Attorney General of the state of Delaware and a major in the Delaware Army National Guard. He served for a year in Iraq.

NP/NBC News

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