According to reports in the New York Times, allies of the president have cited problems with President Joe Biden's "inability to say no" to his son Hunter Biden
This issue came up in reference to the latter's business affairs which have resulted in what the insiders coined "avoidable political distractions," as Fox News reported.
The allies have asserted that his allies "have privately criticized Mr. Biden’s apparent inability to say no when Hunter sought to pull him into his business dealings."
"Some allies of the president say his loyalty to his son — inviting him to state dinners, flying with him aboard Marine One and standing on the White House balcony with him — has resulted in wholly avoidable political distractions," the report continued.
This after reports indicating that Biden was "stunned" when Hunter's plea deal fell apart in July.
"He plunged into sadness and frustration," the report said, citing those close to the now-higher than ever profile Biden family. The source chose to remain anonymous, given the nature of the information being divulged.
"Since then, his tone in conversations about Hunter has been tinged with a resignation that was not there before."
According to his associates, Biden was "unwilling" to tell Hunter no.
Kevin Morris, a Hollywood attorney who has reportedly loaned the president's son millions of dollars to pay his taxes and other expenses, reportedly functions as a "emotional lifeline" for Hunter in California, according to the publication.
The Times also reported tension between Morris and Biden's allies due to Morris' preference for a more "aggressive approach" to Hunter's ongoing legal troubles.
The Times also details Hunter's daily routine in California and reported that his "new career" as a painter is a form of "survival."
"People closer to Hunter say he is determined and resilient. But they also describe him as angry and spoiling for a fight," the report reads.
On Wednesday, members of the team led by Special Counsel David Weiss conveyed to U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika their expectation that they would indict Hunter on a federal gun offense.
Noreika had set Wednesday as the deadline for hearing from both parties on how to move forward on the diversion arrangement that would have allowed Hunter Biden to avoid jail time for a felony charge of lying on a federal form when acquiring a firearm back in 2018.
The White House has not quickly returned requests from journalists for comment on this issue.