Hunter Biden is reportedly spending his father’s presidency at an oceanside luxury estate in Malibu, California — with his taxpayer-funded security detail put up right next door.
What are the details?
For almost a year, the Secret Service detail tasked with protecting Hunter Biden and his family has been renting out a swanky hilltop Malibu mansion for the eye-popping cost of $30,000 per month, ABC News revealed in a stunning report.
According to the outlet, the Secret Service’s pad boasts six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a gym, a tasting room, a built-in barbecue, a pool, a spa, and a spiral staircase that leads up to a “castle-like tower to the master retreat with wet bar.”
The property listing adds that the mansion offers “resort-style living at its finest” and is “a perfect retreat for discerning clientele.”
Hunter Biden’s residence is no shack, either. The $20,000-per-month four-bedroom, three-bathroom “Spanish-style” mansion similarly boasts tasteful design and luxury amenities, including a “spacious park-like yard” with a pool, spa, built-in barbecue bar, and “enchanting” 180-degree panoramic ocean views.
That’s just “the cost of doing business,” retired Secret Service 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 noted, adding, “This isn’t new.”
What has been the response?
But Mihalek’s reassurance didn’t stop commentators from criticizing the arrangement, especially considering the first son’s history of profiteering off his family’s connection to political power.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, Taxpayers Protection Alliance President David Williams, said, “It is outrageous that taxpayers are footing the $30,000 a month bill so Hunter Biden can live a life of luxury.”
“While most Americans are struggling to make ends meet with surging inflation, Hunter Biden is ‘living high off the hog,’ … and taxpayers,” Williams added. “In addition to protecting Hunter Biden, there needs to be more effort to protect taxpayers.”
Even progressive lobbyist Craig Holman offered scrutiny, though not without delivering a glancing blow to former President Trump’s family.
“Ivanka [Trump] and Jared [Kushner] should have opened up their house to the Secret Service, just as Hunter Biden should do at his Malibu residence,” Holman said.
“A cost of $30,000 a month for the Secret Service to rent a home in Malibu next to Hunter is an unconscionable burden to taxpayers, all for the personal benefit of Hunter Biden. Hunter should realize this and accommodate his security detail in his own home,” he added.
It should be noted that Kushner’s Washington, D.C., apartment cost agents $3,000 per month, a far cry from $30,000.
In response to requests for comment from ABC, a Secret Service representative said only that “due to the need to maintain operational security, the U.S. Secret Service does not comment on the means, methods, or resources used to conduct our protective operations.”
The revelation about Hunter Biden’s stay also comes as Republican lawmakers push for more information about how the president’s son has used Secret Service protection in the past.
TheBlaze reported last month that new details obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop indicate that the Secret Service has been less than forthright in handing over Biden’s travel records to Congress.