Between 2009-2013 Joe Biden took over 400 trips between Delaware and Washington DC that cost taxpayers over $1 million.
The Daily Mail reports:
EXCLUSIVE: Dems are carping about the expense of Melania staying in New York so Barron can remain in his school…but what about Joe Biden’s costly trips commuting from D.C. to his home in Wilmington!
Biden uses Air Force Two and Marine Two like a taxi service, says author of a book about the Secret Service
Democrats outraged at the huge cost of Melania Trump remaining in New York so Barron can finish his school year
But Air Force records show that VP Biden would think nothing of flying back and forth to Wilmington multiple times on the same day
From the time Biden took office in January 2009 until March 2013 the vice president’s trips cost taxpayers $979,680 for fuel and maintenance
In addition, Secret Service rents more than 20 condominiums in Greenville, Del., for its agents
‘His schedule is so fluid and never concrete enough to properly prepare for his visits to Delaware,’ one Secret Service agent says
Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, is the New York Times bestselling author of ‘The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents’ and ‘The Secrets of the FBI.’
The media have been assailing Melania Trump over the projected cost of her protection and her travel to and from New York and Washington during the first few months of her husband’s presidency.
But they have ignored the price tag of more than $1 million Vice President Joe Biden has racked up commuting often several times a week to his home in Delaware.
Until it was revealed in my book ‘The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents,’ Biden, who seeks to cultivate the image of a regular Joe, would take a helicopter designated as Marine Two from the vice president’s residence to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland at least once a week.
He then would hop on Air Force Two to jet back to his home in Delaware. He would return to Washington on Air Force Two. The cost of the flights is doubled because after dropping him off in Delaware or going back to pick him up, the Air Force has to fly the plane empty on so-called deadhead trips.
Since the book came out in August 2014, Biden has cut back on the costly trips, often taking the train instead.
But Air Force records obtained under the Freedom of Information show that, as though hopping on a taxi, Biden would think nothing of flying back and forth to Wilmington multiple times on the same day.
For example, on Friday, February 8, 2013, Biden flew from Andrews to Wilmington and back to Andrews on a C-37A on the same day, then returned that same day to Wilmington on a C-20B.
Since deadhead flights were required to pick him up or leave him off, that taxi service entailed four flights in one day at taxpayer expense.
The Air Force records show that from the time Biden took office in January 2009 until March 2013 when the Air Force responded to my FOIA request, the vice president’s trips back and forth between Andrews and Wilmington cost taxpayers $979,680 for fuel and maintenance.
This figure does not include the additional costs of flying Biden on the Marine Two helicopter to and from the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory and Andrews. Nor do they include crew costs for his frequent trips.
Between March 2009 and March 2013, Biden flew to Wilmington or flew back to Washington 225 times. The personal trips required a total of 400 flights, including deadhead trips.
In fiscal year 2012, the cost to taxpayers for Biden’s Air Force Two flights alone amounted to $288,080, including deadhead trips. The flights totaled 62.8 hours on a C-32, which is the military version of the Boeing 757-200; a C-40B, which is a Boeing 737-700; and a C-20B, C-37A, or C-37B, which are Gulfstream aircraft.
Despite the fact that the cost of Biden’s trips came from Air Force records, the media have almost universally ignored the report.
In contrast, the media have been playing up the cost of protecting President-elect Donald Trump’s wife Melania in New York and flying her back and forth to the White House while their10-year-old son Barron finishes the school year.
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