Tuesday saw President Joe Biden depart for a vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands after the country was battered by winter weather and low temperatures that set records.
The president and his family departed for St. Croix on Tuesday evening to remain there for the remainder of the week to celebrate New Year’s Day. In the meantime, a bomb cyclone of Arctic air caused record-breaking winter storms and subfreezing temperatures across most of the United States, killing about 50 people nationwide.
A “once-in-a-generation” storm dumped 43 inches of snow on Buffalo over the weekend. As of Tuesday morning, Buffalo had recorded 27 fatalities. The governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, was contacted by the president by phone after she visited Buffalo in person to see the storm’s destruction.
On the president’s social media accounts, the White House shared a picture of Biden using his phone while at the White House.” My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones over the weekend. As he prepared to leave for his vacation, he wrote, “You are in my and Jill’s prayers.”
“We are prepared to make sure they have the tools necessary to get through this,” he said as he packed his Bermuda shorts and suntan lotion.
President Joe Biden is receiving criticism from Donald Trump Jr. for taking a “tropical vacation” while a deadly winter storm devastated a large portion of the nation.
Trump claimed in a tweet on Friday that there was no outcry over Biden’s family vacation to the Caribbean, in contrast to the criticism Republican Senator Ted Cruz faced after leaving Texas for Cancun, Mexico, in February 2021 amid a deadly winter storm and widespread blackouts in his home state.
Where is the outrage that Joe Biden is enjoying a relaxing tropical vacation while the nation is experiencing a “polar vortex bomb cyclone”? Trump tweeted. “A president can actually do something about this stuff that a senator can’t, and yet total silence? WTF?” he wrote.
After being absent from the White House for the better part of August, President Biden is facing criticism for spending forty percent of his official working days “on vacation.”