Karine Jean-Pierre defends Biden’s vacation time

‘The president has the right to spend time with his family’: Karine Jean-Pierre DEFENDS Biden’s constant vacation when asked if he will cut back on time spent in Delaware as Americans are forced to cancel vacations trips

  • White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended President Joe Biden’s many days away from Washington during Thursday’s press briefing
  • She was asked about a new Gallup survey that found 17% of Americans are traveling less or canceling vacations – and whether Biden would cut back on his trips
  • Jean-Pierre said that “he was going to spend time with his family” while traveling for most of August in Kiawah Island, SC and Delaware

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended President Joe Biden’s many days away from Washington, saying Thursday he “has the right to spend time with his family.”

At the press conference, a reporter pointed to a new Gallup survey that included the figure that 17% of Americans are traveling less or canceling vacations due to inflation, asking if Biden would adjust his frequent weekends out of town .

“The times the President has been to Delaware – not counting and we were very clear that when he went to South Carolina in August and Rehoboth he was going to spend time with his family – which every president done”, explained Jean-Pierre. . “That’s not unusual.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended President Joe Biden’s many days away from Washington, saying Thursday he “has the right to spend time with his family.”

WILMINGTON: President Joe Biden primarily travels to Wilmington, Delaware – where he has lived throughout his tenure in the US Senate.  He owns a lakeside mansion in the Delaware town

WILMINGTON: President Joe Biden primarily travels to Wilmington, Delaware – where he has lived throughout his tenure in the US Senate. He owns a lakeside mansion in the Delaware town

REHOBOTH BEACH: President Joe Biden (left) walks along Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with his daughter Ashley (right) in June.  The Bidens own a vacation home just outside the Delaware beach town

REHOBOTH BEACH: President Joe Biden (left) walks along Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with his daughter Ashley (right) in June. The Bidens own a vacation home just outside the Delaware beach town

“And the president has the right to spend time with his family,” she continued. “Like all Americans across the country.”

By the end of August, Biden had spent 234 days away — mostly in Wilmington, Delaware — of the 589 he had spent in office.

He has also spent time at Camp David, his Wilmington, Delaware, beach home, Kiawah Island, South Carolina and Nantucket, Massachusetts — where the Bidens like to spend their Thanksgiving.

Highlighting his frequent trips home — to his lakeside abode in Wilmington — Jean-Pierre argued that Biden spends time working.

“Look, the way we see the president can be president anywhere,” she said.

“He can work from residency, he can work from the Oval Office, he can work from Delaware,” she continued. “That’s what he’s capable of doing as President of the United States.”

President Joe Biden walks with his granddaughters Natalie (left) and Finnegan (right) during the family's trip to Nantucket for Thanksgiving last year

President Joe Biden walks with his granddaughters Natalie (left) and Finnegan (right) during the family’s trip to Nantucket for Thanksgiving last year

KIAWAH ISLAND: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, along with Hunter Biden, his wife Melissa and baby Beau spent part of August on South Carolina's Tony Island

KIAWAH ISLAND: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, along with Hunter Biden, his wife Melissa and baby Beau spent part of August on South Carolina’s Tony Island

Jean-Pierre argued that Biden was tackling inflation, pointing to falling gas prices throughout the summer.

“He’s doing everything he can to make sure we keep costs down,” she said.

She also mentioned the Cut Inflation Act, which House and Senate Democrats passed before the August recess.

The bill includes provisions that reduce the cost of prescription drugs, among other measures.

The holidays have always been politically problematic for presidents – with Democrats complaining about all the time former President Donald Trump spent at Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster and Trump, before his bid for president, tweeting about the weather that Democratic President Barack Obama spent on the golf course.


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