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(FreedomWire.org) – President Biden took a quick trip to Delaware on Tuesday. He employed Air Force One, two motorcades and local police protection to travel from Washington, D.C., to Delaware with the first lady Jill Biden. They departed Washington for at roughly 6 p.m. they voted, then hopped back on Air Force One and were flying back to Washington by 8 p.m.

While presidents typically file absentee ballots to avoid the cost of traveling to their home states, Biden made the trip to vote in person, telling reporters Tuesday that he was boarding Air Force One simply “to vote.”

The exact cost of Biden’s trip to Delaware is unclear. Estimates have claimed that the average cost of travel for a U.S. president is roughly $2,600 per minute. If that is true, then it cost American tax payers over $300,000 just for the Bidens to cast their vote.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday was forced to defend President Biden’s Tuesday evening trip to Delaware.

Critics called it wasteful, noting Biden could have voted early when he was in the state last weekend.

Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden wanted to show “the importance” of voting and to “say hello to poll workers” who are “under attack.”

“As you know, the president has a very heavy schedule. He’s the president of the United States. It worked out best for him to vote yesterday, to vote on Tuesday,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.

Jean-Pierre insisted that Biden’s Tuesday night trip was necessary — despite the fact that no high-profile statewide contests were on the ballot.

“He thought it was important to exercise his constitutional right to vote, as I just mentioned, and set an example by showing the importance of voting. He also had the opportunity to say hello to poll workers and thank them for their work and we know how under attack poll workers have been these past several years,” Jean-Pierre said, without offering any examples of poll workers facing attacks.

A reporter noted, however, that there was no advance notice to reporters that Biden would be voting, and so it got little publicity.

The reporter asked, “Do you think that would have been better than to make it more of like a public event for him to sort of like tout it a little bit more?”

“The president has been voting in Delaware for decades,” Jean-Pierre said. “And this is something that was important to do. He wasn’t going to miss that opportunity to vote yesterday and he did that. It’s not unusual for him. He’s done that for again for many decades. And so, you know, he had an opportunity to thank the poll workers. He had an opportunity — I think by the president going to vote, that sends a very strong message to the American public.”

Biden didn’t answer ABC reporter Karen Travers’ question Tuesday night about why he didn’t choose to vote absentee — simply smiling and turning to board Air Force One.

Republicans slammed Biden for making the trip to Delaware.

“Biden flew Air Force One to Delaware to vote in person yesterday for a state auditor race,” tweeted Newsmax host Sean Spicer, a former White House press secretary to President Donald Trump. “He could have voted in person when he was there on Saturday but didn’t. He could have gotten an absentee ballot but didn’t. He chose to spend thousands of tax dollars instead this way.”

(FreedomWire.org) – On Monday morning, the White House officially confirmed a trip is in its weekly guidance for the president’s week. On Wednesday, August 10, “the President and the First Lady will travel to Kiawah Island, South Carolina.”

The Bidens’ weeklong trip to South Carolina comes as Americans struggle to make ends meet amid 40-year high inflation, a newly confirmed recession, and soaring interest rates. Credit card debt is skyrocketing as Americans find themselves unable to make ends meet as living to paycheck-to-paycheck still fails to close the gap for more expensive goods and services. 

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is preparing a new package of aid for Ukraine — even though there are increasing questions about whether American contributions to Ukraine’s war effort are making it to their intended destinations and recipients. And in the Pacific, China continues to escalate its live fire drills around Taiwan following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. 

None of that, apparently, is enough to keep Biden close to the White House should there be any urgent developments or to show the American people that he really can “taste” their frustration — as he once bizarrely claimed — under Biden’s economic policies. 

Biden, apparently, still needs a break from D.C. despite already spending a significant number of his weekends as president at his Delaware retreats — including the weekend that just ended once Biden finally tested negative for COVID-19 again following his “rebound” bout of the virus Biden campaigned on a promise to “shut down.”

In the year since President Joe Biden was caught apparently off-guard by the rapid fall of Afghanistan to Taliban fighters while he tried to enjoy an August vacation, he seemingly is still not willing to let a world on edge deter his escape from Washington. 

(FreedomWire.org) – Newsom left California with his family last month, but did not initially disclose the location of his travels. Officials did not immediately answer why the information was not shared, which is unusual for Newsom’s out-of-state trips.

It was recently discovered that Newsom traveled to Montana, where his in-laws own a ranch, according to the Associated Press.

The problem is that Montana is one of 22 states to which California has banned state-funded and state-sponsored travel, under a 2016 law that bars such travel to states deemed discriminatory to LGBT people.

News of the governor’s travels are leading to new charges of “bold hypocrisy.” Newsom was accused of hypocrisy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic when he was caught caught skirting rules that Californians otherwise had to follow.

Now, Newsom is on the defensive, arguing his vacation does not violate the travel ban.

Anthony York, a senior adviser to the governor said, “We don’t legislate where people vacation. Never have. The travel ban applies to expending state funds.”

However, when asked whether taxpayer funds are paying for Newsom’s security while out-of-state, York refused to answer. “We don’t comment or provide details on the governor’s security,” he said.

The trip does not a good look for a man who bought ads in Florida, another red state on the list, targeting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his conservative policies the same weekend he was in Montana.

(FreedomWire.org) – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is under fire from fellow Democrats for flight delays and cancellations that have paralyzed the nation’s airports, wrecked holiday travel plans and caused Americans undue financial stress.

Progressive lawmakers, in particular, say Mr. Buttigieg needs to do more to rein in airline companies that have taken billions in public subsidies since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s time for the Transportation Department to impose massive fines on poor-performing airlines,” said Sen. Bernard Sanders, a self-described socialist from Vermont.

In an email to supporters, Mr. Sanders called on the White House and Mr. Buttigieg to require airlines to refund passengers for flights delayed more than an hour. For flights delayed longer than that, Mr. Sanders said the Department of Transportation should fine airlines $55,000 per passenger.

“Thousands of flight disruptions have left passengers and crew members stranded at crowded airports from one end of the country to the other forcing them to miss weddings, funerals, and business meetings and ruining family vacations that have been planned for months in advance,” said Mr. Sanders.

Ahead of the Fourth of July, more than 1,700 flights were canceled on Sunday alone, while 23,900 were delayed, according to FlightAware. Airline giants like United and Delta said the problem arose mainly because of an inability to properly staff flights.

Mr. Buttigieg responded to the melee by taking to social media on Sunday to urge passengers to be smart and consider accepting airline miles, rather than cash, for delayed or canceled flights.

“Sometimes an airline will offer you points or miles as compensation, but you are entitled to a cash refund when your flight is canceled,” he tweeted. “When deciding whether to accept miles, it’s helpful to know their value, which varies, but often is estimated at 1 to 1.5 cents per mile.”

Fellow Democrats say that Mr. Buttigieg holds at least some responsibility for the problem and should be doing more than just giving travel tips.

“The Transportation Department’s incremental response so far has been lacking the urgency, imagination, and boldness to meet the moment and needs of the American people,” Rep. Ro Khanna, California Democrat, wrote in a letter to Mr. Buttigieg ahead of the holiday weekend.