Biden leaves Madrid with Hunter’s daughters Maisy and Finnegan after trip meeting Spanish royals and attending lavish dinners: President heads back to D.C. to face multiple domestic crises
- President Joe Biden left Madrid with granddaughters Maisy and Finnegan in tow
- The two sat in front row at Biden’s press conference at end of NATO summit
- Biden returns home to mulitple domestic crisises including high food and gas prices and Democrats demanding action on abortion
- Maisy and Finnegan have been with Joe and Jill in Spain for five days
President Joe Biden on Thursday left Madrid with granddaughters Maisy and Finnegan in tow after the two spent five days in Spain with their grandparents.
Maisy, 21, and Finnegan Biden, 22, attended the president’s press conference at the NATO center before riding with him in his motorcade to Air Force One. The girls boarded the plane for the trip back to the States.
The two sat in the front row for the presidential press conference and Biden glanced at them from time to time as he took questions from reporters.
Biden returns home to multiple domestic crisis, including record high prices for food and gas and furious Democrats demanding he do something to counter last week’s Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion in the United States.
The president also has declining poll numbers headed into campaign season, where Democrats are worried they could lose control of Congress in November’s midterm election.
President Joe Biden departed Madrid on Thursday afternoon after attending a NATO summit; he returns home to several domestic crisises
President Joe Biden’s granddaughter’s Maisy, left, and Finnegan Biden, departed Madrid with the president
Maisy and Finnegan walk up the stairs of Air Force One
Finnegan looks back at Maisy as they prepare to depart Spain
Maisy and Finnegan sat in the front row for President Biden’s press conference
Meanwhile Maisy and Finnegan started their trip to Spain with Jill Biden, attending events with her surrounding the NATO summit, and meeting Spanish Queen Letizia. After the first lady left Spain on Wednesday afternoon, Maisy and Finnegan joined President Biden at a lavish NATO dinner at the famous Prado Museum.
‘Great time with my granddaughters,’ Biden told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier Thursday as they sat down for a meeting at the NATO summit.
At Wednesday night’s dinner, Biden introduced the girls to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his wife Begona Gomez.
President Biden was in a jovial mood. He put his arm around Begona Gomez, a stunning brunette wearing a one shoulder red dress. Biden held her hand and stayed close while he introduced his granddaughters. Gomez smiled and laughed with the president as the two chatted.
Maisy, who wore a white suit jacket and skirt, stayed close to President Biden, who the grandkids refer to as PopPop, holding his hand when he introduced her to the Spanish president.
Finnegan, in a blue dress with a floral pattern, held President Biden’s hand as they walked through the art large gallery, stopping to view masterpieces like Velázquez’s Las Meninas (The Ladies-in-waiting).
Ahead of the dinner, the Bidens joined other NATO leaders and their spouses in listening to orchestral performance.
Biden then introduced the girls to EU President Ursula von der Leyen, who Biden slung an arm around while he made small talk.
And he introduced them to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who earlier in the day he has praised as ‘doing a great job.’ Biden also hugged Chef Jose Andres, who was in attendance at the dinner.
President Joe Biden brought granddaughters Finnegan (left) and Maisy (in white holding his hand) to a formal NATO dinner at the Prado Museum where he introduced them to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (right) and his wife Begona Gomez
President Biden was in a jovial mood, putting his arm around Spanish first lady Begona Gomez
Begona Gomez smiled and laughed with the president as the two chatted
Maisy and Finnegan Biden (left to right) with President Biden; earlier in the week they had been accompanying first lady Jill Biden, who returned to Washington D.C. ahead of Wednesday night’s dinner
President Joe Biden shows his cell to Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela and his wife Lydia. French first lady Brigitte Macron is in blue
Maisy and Finnegan with President Biden as he talks with Malta’s first lady
The trio laughed as they looked at cell phone screens ahead of the dinner in Madrid after a day of diplomacy
Family photo at Wednesday night’s NATO dinner – it was taken in the Prado Museum by Velázquez’s Las Meninas (The Ladies-in-waiting)
Maisy and Finnegan met Andres earlier in this week, when they accompanied Jill Biden and Spanish Queen Letizia to a refugee center for Ukrainians. Andres’ group, World Central Kitchen, is feeding the volunteers.
The two Biden granddaughters were accompanying Jill Biden early on this week. Maisy flew to Spain with her and Finnegan, who was already in the country, met them on the ground when the first lady arrived Sunday evening.
The Biden women enjoyed a bit of a girls’ trip. They enjoyed a glass of wine on Sunday, the night of their arrival and then went shopping on Monday.
On Tuesday they met Spanish Queen Letizia, who gave them hugs. They joined Jill and Letizia on their tour of the refugee center.
The girls spent Wednesday morning with Jill Biden at her last event – an outing for NATO spouses in historic Segovia, Spain.
The Biden girls, their grandma and the spouses in their tour of the ancient medieval city.
Segovia is northwest of Madrid, where this week’s NATO summit is taking place, in central Spain’s Castile and León region.
The ancient medieval town is famous for its medieval walls, Romanesque churches, Roman aqueduct and its medieval castle, which served as one of the templates for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle.
The city center was declared of World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985.
The group toured the gardens of Royal Palace of la Granja de San Ildefonso. The gardens have a number of fountains with themes from mythology: The Fountain of Apollo, The Fountain of Neptune, The Fountain of Andromeda, ect….
They also toured the Royal Glass Factory and the Royal Tapestry Factory.
Jill Biden, wearing a floral Oscar de al Renta dress and carrying a Squeeze De Citron’s Leche Lemon Drop Citron™ Bag ($78), paused to admire the beautiful woven wall hangings.
The spouses had lunch at the NuBel restaurant, which is known for its tapas and shrimp ceviche.
They also visted the Reina Sofía Museum. It is home to Picasso’s Guernica, which is considered one most moving and powerful anti-war painting in history.
Maisy Biden and Finnegan Biden (the two girls on the left) joined Jill Biden and Queen Letizia (center) during a spouses program tied to this week’s NATO summit
Jill Biden, with Maisy Biden in the green dress behind her, tours a glass factory with Spanish First Lady Begona Gomez
The spouses walk with Queen Letizia in Segovia, an ancient town near Madrid; Maisy and Finnegan can be seen in the back right corner, walkng behind the spouses – Maisy wears a green dress and Finnegan has black jacket over a white dress
Spanish Queen Letizia (L) greets Finnegan and Maisy Biden (2-R), granddaughters of First Lady Jill Biden (R) prior their visit to a reception centre for Ukrainian refugees on Tuesday
Biden’s granddaughters – Finnegan (left) and Maisy (right) were introduced to Spanish royalty – getting hugs from Queen Letizia; Finnegan and Maisy are the daughters of Hunter Biden and his first wife Kathleen
Jill Biden took granddaughters Finnegan and Maisy out shopping in Madrid on Monday
Finnegan Biden (left) and Maisy Biden (right) with their shopping bags
Jill, Maisy and Finnegan beat President Joe Biden to the NATO summit by a couple of days. He arrived Tuesday afternoon.
The first lady is an staunch advocate for research into a cancer cure, after she lost her adult son, Beau, to brain cancer in 2015. Several of her girlfriends also succumbed to breast cancer.
‘I brought my two granddaughters,’ the first lady told Letizia as they chatted at the palace on Monday. ‘We stayed up and, you know, had a glass of wine.’
Maisy and Finnegan did not join Jill Biden at the palace as they were at the U.S. Embassy visiting with Ambassador Julissa Reynoso. Reynoso is Jill Biden’s former chief of staff.
They joined her shopping in Madrid on Monday afternoon.