(RepublicanWire.org) – Political opponents of former President Donald J. Trump spent all four years of his administration complaining about the amount of taxpayer money spent to have the United States Secret Service protect his adult children.
Now comes word that the Secret Service is renting a $30,000-a-month Malibu mansion to protect Hunter Biden, the adult son of President Joe Biden.
“Hunter Biden, President Biden’s remaining son, is living in a rented four-bedroom “resort-style” home in Malibu, California, and the nearest property his Secret Service detail could secure was a $30,000-a-month six-bedroom mansion with ocean views and a ‘castle-like tower to the master retreat with wet bar,’ ABC News reports, citing the mansion’s listing and sources familiar with the matter.
“That’s ‘the cost of doing business for the Secret Service,’ former agent Don Mihalek told ABC News. ‘Typically, wherever a protectee sets up their residence, the Secret Service is forced to find someplace to rent nearby at market value,’ he added. ‘The Service has had to do this in past administrations, and unfortunately, the housing market right now has driven the prices.’
But one government watchdog sees it differently. According to Craig Holman at the progressive good-government group Public Citizen, ‘Hunter should recognize the exorbitant cost of his own protection in the exclusive Malibu neighborhood, and cooperate with the Secret Service to bring down the expenses.’