Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden cost taxpayers nearly $200,000 as he toured the globe during his father’s time in office.
According to USASpending.gov, a database that collects and reports unclassified government expenditures, Biden’s trips cost taxpayers $193,696 for Secret Service protection. The Washington Free Beacon, which was first to report on the matter, noted;
That amount is nearly four times the recorded security bill of the four adult Trump children—combined.
Biden visited more than 10 countries during his father’s term, including China, Qatar, and South Africa, according to the database. Throughout his travels, Biden received multiple bills, which involved taxpayer payments to a “miscellaneous foreign contractor” or a “miscellaneous foreign awardee.”
Most obvious throughout the records in the database was Biden’s cost of Secret Service protection.
The totals for Biden, who has never held a government position, far surpassed that of the Trump family, which are recorded by the database to have spent about $40,000. Biden has faced scrutiny from several within Congress for his excessive travel. Earlier this year, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) requested Hunter Biden’s travel records from the Secret Service in an effort to identify “potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates.”
While the database did not contain records on his time in Ukraine, it did contain information on his trips to China in 2013 and 2014, as noted by the Washington Free Beacon:
The database has not disclosed details about the Secret Service protection for Hunter Biden’s time in Ukraine. It does, however, show that Hunter visited China on at least two other occasions, once each before and after the December 2013 meeting. The records show that Hunter Biden stayed in China for one to two weeks in June 2013 and March 2014, costing taxpayers nearly $13,000.
Last week, Hunter Biden reached a final settlement in a paternity and child support case in Arkansas after repeatedly delaying the case and flouting court orders to release financial information.