President Biden embarked on his first presidential trip to Northern Ireland on Tuesday with his son Hunter and sister and former campaign manager, Valerie Biden Owens, in tow.
The trip comes on the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, a historic agreement that ended decades of violence between Protestant Unionists and Catholic Republicans in the region.
The president’s trip aims to keep the peace in Northern Ireland, and he is expected to meet with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during his stay. Biden will also give a speech at Ulster University before heading to Dublin to meet with Irish President Michael Higgins.
Despite security concerns raised ahead of the trip, including a bomb plot by the “New IRA,” Biden has expressed his love for Ireland and his pride in his Irish heritage. He plans to meet with distant relatives during his visit.
The presence of Hunter Biden on the trip is sure to raise eyebrows, given the ongoing criminal investigation into his business and tax dealings. However, President Biden has maintained that he had no knowledge of his son’s business dealings.