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Republicans are demanding answers on the lack of transparency on visitor logs from President Joe Biden’s Delaware home.
“The White House has dodged questions on a report that the Secret Service claims to have no records on who has visited Biden’s home, where the president has spent more than 25% of his time since he took office. By comparison, the visitor logs to the White House have been released,” Fox News reported.
James Comer (Kentucky GOP Rep.) said: “President Biden has spent a large amount of time at his Delaware residence since assuming office. Americans deserve to know who President Biden is meeting with, especially since we know that he routinely met with Hunter’s business associates during his time as vice president. The Biden Administration must provide transparency to the American people.”
Nancy Mace, South Carolina Republican Rep. demanded that Biden respond to her concerns about his Delaware visits. She argued that anyone who arrives should be treated equally. “into close proximity with the President, in an official or personal capacity, is screened by the Secret Service”And that they have an excellent record in getting within striking distance of the president “exists somewhere.”
“It’s bad if there is official business being conducted and they aren’t telling us with who,”Mace declared. “It’s even worse the Administration is using the Secret Service to excuse its complete and total lack of transparency.”
The U.S. Secret Service acknowledged last month that there are no records of Biden’s meetings at his Delaware residence. Fox News reported that Biden’s visits were denied by the U.S. Secret Service after a New York Post Freedom of Information Act Request was made.
Faron Paramore was the Secret Service deputy Director. “the agency conducted an additional search of relevant program offices for potentially responsive records,”According to the paper. “This search also produced no responsive records,”The letter was read. “Accordingly, your appeal is denied.” The denial is the latest in a series of developments involving Biden’s records.
In April, Secret Service claimed it didn’t have records about who President Joe Biden met with at his Delaware residence. He has spent considerable time there during his presidency.
According to the New York Post, he’s spent approximately 25% of his first year at Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington, though not much else is known.
Biden’s Delaware trips have also cost taxpayers at least $11 million since the start of his presidency, a Fox News analysis determined.
Fox News reported:
According to Mark Knoller, former CBS reporter, Biden made 57 visits to Delaware. These trips lasted for at least 185 days. To pay the costs of Air Force One or Marine One use, and security for the Secret Service, taxpayer money is required. He spends his time in Delaware, at Rehoboth and Wilmington homes.
The majority of these trips were direct between Delaware and the White House. Biden has made 101 flights between the White House or Joint Base Andrews and Delaware — 71 flights using Marine One and 30 using Air Force One, according to Knoller. The Department of Defense comptroller has made public documents that show the Marine One helicopters the president used cost $17,065 to $20,206 an hour. The helicopter trip between the White House and locations in Delaware takes roughly an hour, according to the president’s schedule.
Air Force One’s operational costs are $177,843 per hour, and the trip to Delaware takes roughly 30 minutes, according to the president’s schedule. These totals add up to approximately $4 million in operational expenses for each of these trips.
“Documents obtained by the New York Post last year showed a Secret Service cost of $1.96 million on the president’s first 16 trips to Delaware. A per-trip cost from these data applied to the president’s now 57 trips leaves an approximate $7 million tab for taxpayers,”According to the outlet,
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