DONALD Trump has taunted Joe Biden over his son’s cocaine use during their first televised presidential debate.
The President’s attack on Hunter Biden came after his rival paid tribute to his other son, Beau, who was decorated for serving in Iraq.
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During the pair’s acrimonious 90-minute debate, Trump and Biden frequently descended into personal attacks.
Ahead of the encounter, there had been speculation the President would bring up Hunter Biden, 50, whose business dealings and drug use have been the subject of controversy.
His attack on Hunter came after Biden spoke passionately about his son Beau, in light of Trump’s reported comments calling Americans killed in action as "losers" and "suckers".
Beau Biden served with the National Guard in Iraq and died of a brain tumour in 2015.
“Speaking of my son, the way you talk about the military – the way you talk about them being losers and being, and just being suckers – my son was in Iraq and he spent a year there,” Biden said.
“He got the Bronze Star. He got the Conspicuous Service Medal. He was not a loser. He was a patriot. And the people left behind there were heroes.”
But Trump said: “You talking about Hunter?' Trump asked, to which Biden answered he was speaking of Beau.
“I don't know Beau. I know Hunter,” Trump interrupted.
“He was thrown out, dishonorably discharged for cocaine use. And he didn't have a job until you became vice president,” Trump said.
“That's not true. None of that is true,” Biden responded.
The Democratic candidate said that like a lot of Americans his son had a drug problem but was "working on it" and had "fixed it," adding that he's proud of his son.
Hunter Biden received an administrative discharged from the US Navy reserves after failing a drug test.
As expected, the President also attacked Biden over his Yale graduate and lawyer son’s business interests.
Hunter has been accused of serving the "strategic interests" of China's government and military while he served as a board member of Beijing-based investment firm BHR Partners.
“China ate your lunch, Joe!” Trump told Biden.
“And no wonder your son goes in and he takes out billions of dollars to manage. He makes millions of dollars.”
During other parts of the debate, Trump referenced the findings of a controversial Senate GOP report about his foreign dealings that was released days before the debate.
“The mayor of Moscow’s wife gave your son $3.5 million,” Trump said.
But Biden hit back, saying: “None of that is true. Totally discredited.”
As the pair spoke over each other, Biden turned to the camera and said: “This is not about my family or his family. It's about your family.”
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