Biden’s frequent Delaware trips have cost taxpayers at least $11 million

Patrick Hauf

EXCLUSIVE: President Biden’s regular trips to his home state of Delaware have cost taxpayers at least $11 million since the start of his presidency, a Fox News Digital analysis has found.

Biden has made 57 trips to Delaware, spanning all or part of 185 days, according to data from former CBS correspondent Mark Knoller. 

The trips require taxpayer dollars to fund costs associated with the use of either Air Force One or Marine One, as well as security costs for the Secret Service. The president spends time in Delaware at his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.

Most of the trips involved direct travel between the White House and Delaware. 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.

For decades, Knoller has kept careful records of various White House statistics and has served as a source of information for reporters — and even the White House itself.

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President Biden rides a bike in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on June 18, 2022.

President Biden rides a bike in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on June 18, 2022. (Reuters/Elizabeth Frantz)

Public documents from the Department of Defense comptroller show that the Marine One helicopters used by the president cost between $17,065 and $20,206 per 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. This puts the total operational costs for the trips, including each method of transportation, at about $4 million. 

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. 

The president has other, quite comfortable options for the weekend. The White House itself is one of the nation’s most beautiful mansions. Additionally, the president can also avail himself of the country retreat at Camp David, which is only a half-hour chopper ride away. He has been there 19 times as president, far less often than he goes to Delaware.

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President Biden falls to the ground after riding up to members of the public during a bike ride in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on June 18, 2022.

President Biden falls to the ground after riding up to members of the public during a bike ride in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on June 18, 2022. (Reuters/Elizabeth Frantz)

The $11 million receipt for Biden’s Delaware trips is probably a significant underestimate since it does not tally many other miscellaneous costs. These include spending for additional helicopters that travel along with him, travel to or from military airports before or after an Air Force One flight, and accommodations for staff who accompany him.

The president’s 16 flights to Delaware from states where he was conducting official business are also not included, since travel from those destinations may have not been much more expensive than if Biden had returned to the White House.

Biden, as a senator from 1973 to 2009, would take Amtrak from Delaware to Washington, D.C., every day that the Senate was in session — a habit that earned him the nickname “Amtrak Joe.” He claims this travel included 8,200 round trips and more than 2 million miles. The ticket for much of that time from Delaware to Washington and back was less than $100.

But as president, Biden’s predilection for spending as much time in Delaware as possible is costing taxpayers well more than $200,000 roundtrip.

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President Biden walks on the beach with his daughter, Ashley Biden, and members of his extended family in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on June 20, 2022.

President Biden walks on the beach with his daughter, Ashley Biden, and members of his extended family in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on June 20, 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump faced criticism for his regular, expensive travel to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, and his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Knoller’s data show that Biden travels home more often, though the hop from Washington to Delaware is shorter than Trump’s trips to Florida or New Jersey.

Biden’s sojourns in his home state sometimes extend beyond the usual presidential weekend schedule. The president often leaves for Delaware on Thursdays to work from his home on Friday and stays for the weekend. He almost always departs on Monday morning as opposed to Sunday night.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Patrick Hauf is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bidens-delaware-trips-cost-taxpayers-11-million?intcmp=tw_fnc

CDC: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Enoki Mushrooms

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Illustration with a microscope and text reading Investigation Notice

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Enoki Mushrooms

Listeria is especially harmful if you are pregnant, aged 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system. If you are in any of these groups, do not eat raw enoki mushrooms. Cook enoki mushrooms thoroughly to kill any foodborne germs.

Investigators are working to identify specific brands of enoki mushrooms that may be contaminated with the outbreak strain of Listeria. However, many brands of enoki mushrooms have been recalled since the 2020 Listeria outbreak linked to enoki mushrooms.

  • Illnesses: 2
  • Hospitalizations: 2
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 2
  • Recall: No
  • Investigation status: Active
Enoki mushrooms on a white background

Enoki mushrooms are white and have long, thin stems. They are often sold in a bunch with roots in sealed plastic packaging. They are popular in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean food, and they are almost always eaten cooked in soups, hot pots, and stir-fried dishes.

In 2020, CDC investigated the first known Listeria outbreak in the United States linked to enoki mushrooms. This outbreak resulted in three recalls of enoki mushrooms that were imported from Korea. Since then, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health officials from several states have been collecting samples of enoki mushrooms and found Listeria in many samples, resulting in more than 20 recalls of enoki mushrooms.

Information collected so far shows that enoki mushrooms are the likely source of these illnesses.

Both sick people reported eating enoki mushrooms or eating at restaurants with menu items containing enoki mushrooms. The outbreak strain was previously found in one sample of enoki mushrooms that FDA collected at import. However, to date, the firm associated with this sample has not been identified as a potential source of enoki mushrooms in this outbreak.

Investigators are working to identify specific brands of enoki mushrooms linked to these illnesses.

Listeria is especially harmful if you are pregnant, aged 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system due to certain medical conditions or treatments. If you are pregnant, it can cause pregnancy loss, premature birth, or a life-threatening infection in your newborn. Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.

If you are pregnant, aged 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system:

  • Do not eat raw enoki mushrooms. Cook enoki mushrooms thoroughly.
    • Listeria can grow on foods kept in the refrigerator, but it is easily killed by heating food to a high enough temperature.
  • Keep raw enoki mushrooms separate from foods that won’t be cooked.
    • This prevents the spread of Listeria germs from enoki mushrooms to foods that you won’t cook before eating.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw enoki mushrooms.
    • Clean your refrigerator, containers, and surfaces that have touched raw enoki mushrooms.
    • Listeria can easily spread among food, surfaces, and hands.
  • Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of severe Listeria illness after eating enoki mushrooms:
    • People who are not pregnant may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.
    • Pregnant people usually experience only fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. However, Listeria can cause pregnancy loss or premature birth. It can also cause serious illness or death in newborns.
  • Do not serve raw enoki mushrooms.
    • Cook enoki mushrooms thoroughly before serving them to customers.
    • Do not use raw enoki mushrooms as garnish.
    • Do not add raw enoki mushrooms on top of soup dishes right before serving. The enoki mushrooms will not get hot enough to kill Listeria germs.
  • Keep raw enoki mushrooms separate from foods that won’t be cooked.
    • This prevents the spread of Listeria germs from enoki mushrooms to foods that you won’t cook before serving to customers.
  • Follow FDA’s safe handling and cleaning advice if you serve enoki mushrooms.
    • Employees should wash hands after handling raw enoki mushrooms.
  • Listeria can cause severe illness (known as invasive listeriosis) when the bacteria spread beyond the gut to other parts of the body.
    • Almost all severe illnesses from Listeria result in hospitalizations and sometimes death.
  • Pregnant people and their newborns, adults 65 years or older, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness.
    • Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they usually get mild food poisoning symptoms, like diarrhea and fever, and usually recover without treatment.
  • Symptoms of severe illness usually start within 2 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria, but may start as early as the same day or as late as 10 weeks after.
    • People who are not pregnant may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.
    • Pregnant people usually experience only fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. However, Listeria can cause pregnancy loss or premature birth. It can also cause serious illness or death in newborns.
  • For more information about Listeria, see the Listeria Questions and Answers page.

https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/enoki-11-22/index.html

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