Joe Biden hotel tab in Europe costs over $1 million in 2 nights

By on Mar 23, 2013 in Europe, International, Politics, United States Comments

US Vice President Joe Biden reportedly had a hotel tab in London for $459,338.65 and another $585,000.50 in a Paris hotel, based on government documents; thus resulting to more than $1 million on his European trip last month. Nevertheless, a State Department official said the spending is just normal.

US Vice President Joe Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden
Image Credit: David Lienemann/White House

As reported first by The Weekly Standard on Friday, March 22, 2013, Vice President Biden‘s hotel bill in Hyatt Regency London in early February reached $459,338.65, which was awarded on January 30, 2013. Two days earlier, there was a $585,000.50 bill for Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, also for Mr. Biden.

Apparently, this high-price Joe Biden‘s hotel tab ignited an outrage in social sites such as Twitter, which this is his first European trip of the US vice president since he and US President Barack Obama were re-elected. However, a State Department official defended the expenses of the 5-day Europe tour.

“These costs are nothing out of the ordinary. They are in line with high-level travel across multiple administrations.” The State Department official told ABC News, noting that the over $1 million hotel bill also includes Biden‘s staff and security. Full details of the spending are now viewable online at FBO.gov.

“The contract costs cover the entire range of support, including accommodations for military, communications, secret service staff, and other support professionals. Security experts are also required to travel in advance of the president or vice president. Safety and security are not negotiable.” The official added.


Joe Biden hotel bill London
Joe Biden hotel bill Hyatt Regency London in February 2013
Image Credit: FBO.gov


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