While many on the left slammed former President Donald Trump over how much time he spent on the golf course, his successor’s travel habits are beginning to raise eyebrows.
This past Friday, the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) official Twitter account pointed out that President Joe Biden has thus far spent roughly 40% of his time in office on vacation.
Biden has taken 67 trips to his home in Delaware
“Biden retreats to Delaware for yet another weekend vacation — his 67th trip to Delaware since taking office,” the RNC said in a tweet.
Biden retreats to Delaware for yet another weekend vacation — his 67th trip to Delaware since taking office.
He has spent 309 days — 40% of his presidency — on vacation. pic.twitter.com/V6BkeWRN07
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 11, 2023
Some came to the president’s defense, including former Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who was censured last year by the RNC for participating in the Democrat-led January 6 committee
The lawmaker turned CNN contributor tweeted, “Biden is from Delaware. It’s home. Every member of congress goes home every weekend.”
Twitter users point to cost and environmental impact of Biden’s travels
Kinzinger then went on to dismiss Republican complaints about the president’s travel schedule as being “cheap shots.”
Biden is from Delaware. It’s home.
Every member of congress goes home every weekend.
The cheap shots take away from when you have legit criticism, but you gotta keep feeding the dopamine machine!!
More and more outrage, faster and faster! https://t.co/jBijKJYR7v
— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) March 11, 2023
The website Twitchy noted how those words were met by pushback, with some Twitter users highlighting the cost of Biden’s trips while others pointed to their environmental impact.
Meanwhile, another Twitter user asked Kinzinger if he would “just switch to the Democratic Party already and get it over with?”
President ignored reporters after addressing SVB collapse
In addition to his time away from the White House, Biden has also been criticized for failing to engage reporters during press conferences.
The latest example of that came on Monday when the president refused to take questions after briefly discussing his administration’s response to the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) collapse.
Investor Collin Rugg complained, “We are witnessing widespread bank fails and the president just gave a 5 min speech then walked off camera. Brace for impact. You get what you vote for.”
We are witnessing widespread bank fails and the president just gave a 5 min speech then walked off camera.
Brace for impact. You get what you vote for.pic.twitter.com/PO9OoTtKTW
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) March 13, 2023