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Hunter Biden, President Biden’s remaining son, lives in a rented four-bedroom “resort-style” home in Malibu, Calif., and the closest property his Secret Service detail could secure was a six-bedroom mansion in $30,000 a month with ocean views and a “castle-like tower at the main retreat with bar,” reports ABC News, citing the mansion listing and sources familiar with the matter.
It’s “the cost of doing business for the Secret Service,” former agent Don Mihalek told ABC News. “Generally, wherever a beneficiary sets up residence, the Secret Service is obligated to find nearby rental accommodation at market value,” he added. “The Service had to do this in previous administrations, and unfortunately the housing market at the moment has driven prices up.”
“The cost of protecting first families has raised eyebrows in the past,” ABC News notes. “In the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, the Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding to protect Trump and his family, including approximately $27 million to protect them at their private residence at Trump Tower. At New York. and the Secret Service paid at least $1.2 million at various Trump properties while protecting the Trump family, including $17,000 a month for a cottage at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey, The Washington Post found.
The Secret Service must protect the president’s family, but “Ivanka [Trump] and Jared [Kushner] should have opened his house to the Secret Service, just as Hunter Biden should have opened his Malibu residence,” Craig Holman of the progressive good governance group Public Citizen told ABC News. “Hunter should recognize the exorbitant cost of his own protection in the exclusive Malibu neighborhood, and cooperate with the Secret Service to cut expenses.”
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