Joe Biden's Son, Hunter Biden, Kicked Discharged from Navy Over Drug Test-Truth! & Outdated!

Joe Biden’s Son, Hunter Biden, Kicked Out of Navy for Failed Drug Test-Truth! & Outdated!

Summary of eRumor:

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was kicked out of the Navy for a failed drug test.

The Truth:

Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy in 2014 after testing positive for cocaine. Old reports about it resurfaced in 2018 and were recirculated as “breaking” news in March 2018 — but there weren’t any new developments in the four-year-old story at the time.
Reports about Joe Biden’s son being discharged from the Navy resurfaced after a public squabble between the former VP and President Trump. Biden said he’d “beat the hell” out of Trump if they were in high school together at a rally at the University of Miami on March 20. Trump fired back that Biden would “go down fast and hard, crying all the way” if they fought. After the exchange, old reports about Biden’s son being discharged from the Navy circulated on social media — possibly by people trying to “get back” at Biden.

A 2014 report about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, being discharged from the Navy for a failed drug test resurfaced in 2018.

Hunter Biden was discharged in October 2014. And he didn’t have a traditional military experience in the Navy before that. Biden, then 43, was “commissioned into the Navy Reserve unit for Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, Virginia. Biden, who had no prior military experience, was one of six officers commissioned nationally into the public affairs division of the Navy Reserve,” USA Today reports. Through his lawyer, Biden said he regretted and was embarrassed by his actions, and, “I respect the Navy’s decision.”
People started sharing and reacting to links to the four-year-old story in March 2018, leading some to believe that Hunter Biden had been recently discharged. Hunter Biden was back in the headlines in March 2017 when his estranged ex-wife claimed that the younger Biden “squandered his family’s money on hookers, strip clubs and drugs” in divorce papers, the New York Post reports. But, again, reports about Hunter Biden being discharged from the Navy were four years old when they resurfaced in 2018.