President Biden’s regular trips to his home state of Delaware have cost taxpayers at least $11 million since he began his presidency, according to analysis by Fox News Digital.
Biden 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 the costs associated with using Air Force One or Marine One, as well as security costs for the Secret Service. The president is spending time in Delaware at his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.
Most trips involved direct travel between the White House and Delaware. Biden flew 101 between the White House or Joint Base Andrews and Delaware — 71 flights with Marine One and 30 with Air Force One, according to Knoller.
For decades, Knoller kept careful records of various White House statistics and served as a source of information for reporters — and even the White House itself.
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 an hour. The helicopter ride from the White House to the Delaware sites takes about an hour, according to the president’s schedule.
Air Force One’s operational costs are $177,843 an hour, and the trip to Delaware takes about 30 minutes, according to the president’s schedule. This brings the total operational costs for travel, including each mode of transportation, to approximately $4 million.
Documents obtained by the New York Post last year showed a Secret Service cost of $1.96 million during the president’s first 16 trips to Delaware. A cost per trip from this data applied to the president’s 57 trips leaves taxpayers a tab of about $7 million.
The President has other options that are quite comfortable for the weekend. The White House itself is one of the finest homes in the country. Additionally, the President can also take advantage of the country retreat at Camp David, which is only half an hour away by helicopter. He’s been there 19 times as president, far fewer times than he goes to Delaware.
The $11 million receipt for Biden’s trips to Delaware is likely a significant understatement because it doesn’t match many other miscellaneous costs. These include expenses for additional helicopters traveling with him, travel to or from military airports before or after an Air Force One flight, and accommodations for accompanying personnel.
The president’s 16 flights to Delaware from states where he conducted official business are also not included, as trips from those destinations might not have been significantly more expensive than if Biden had returned to the White House.
Biden, as a senator from 1973 to 2009, took Amtrak from Delaware to Washington, DC, every day the Senate was in session — a habit that earned him the nickname “Amtrak Joe.” He claims that trip included 8,200 round trips and over 2 million miles. The ticket for much of that time from Delaware to Washington and back was under $100.
But as president, Biden’s predilection for spending as much time as possible in Delaware is costing taxpayers well over $200,000 round trip.
Former President Donald Trump has come under fire for his regular and expensive trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, and golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Knoller’s data shows Biden returning home more often, though Washington’s jump to Delaware is shorter than Trump’s trips to Florida or New Jersey.
Biden’s stints in his home state sometimes extend beyond the usual presidential weekend schedule. The president often leaves for Delaware on Thursdays to work from home on Fridays and stays on weekends. It almost always leaves on Monday morning as opposed to Sunday evening.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.