Vice President Joe Biden turned to a travel ban to avoid a Secret Service questioning

Story highlights OFFSITE Omicron covers a long stretch of Delaware coastline in Washington, Delaware. Once the Secret Service found out about the travel ban, Biden, who’s running for President, attempted to add another hour…

Vice President Joe Biden turned to a travel ban to avoid a Secret Service questioning

Story highlights OFFSITE Omicron covers a long stretch of Delaware coastline in Washington, Delaware.

Once the Secret Service found out about the travel ban, Biden, who’s running for President, attempted to add another hour to his trip.

Biden has come under fire for taking an unannounced trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina earlier this year.

Dick Cheney wasn’t the only one in the Veep’s shoes: Former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s currently running for President of the United States, turned to a controversial travel ban to avoid being questioned by the Secret Service.

In an unusual move, Biden’s campaign announced he would be taking a two-day trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in late May. His helicopter was spotted flying in late May near Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where the Secret Service holds its operations. Three days later, Biden showed up in a sightseeing tour boat to tour historic towns and witness the annual pumpkin festival in Pamlico County. His Secret Service detail followed him.

Political enemies and loyalists alike have hammered Biden for failing to make more of a splash, which some think would have bolstered his campaign in a critical early voting state.

When Biden boarded his motorcade and took off for the Outer Banks, the White House was on spring break, reports The Washington Post. This scheduling decision didn’t go unnoticed by members of the Secret Service, the report notes. (Biden made the trip using a Delaware driver, but he bought gasoline at a gas station in the US capital. A government-provided van reportedly carried Biden’s entourage, and that was an informal group.)

“I don’t know what kind of people go to the Outer Banks in May, as far as I can tell,” a Secret Service agent told The Post. “It’s a whole place. It’s not a small town like Wilmington.”

Once the Secret Service found out about the travel ban, Biden, who’s running for President, attempted to add another hour to his trip. As a result, Biden’s Secret Service detail waited two days for him to arrive at the Outer Banks.

A Secret Service official told the Washington Post that there is “nothing sinister” about Biden’s decision. Biden often makes high-profile trips to destinations like the Middle East and to “other cool places,” like Japan, according to an official.

“Once he [Biden] arrived, [the Secret Service] made arrangements for the vice president’s security detail to take this trip along with the other travel plans,” the official said.

Also, Biden may have chosen the Outer Banks because it was the most reasonable venue for his visit. Delaware is just over 500 miles from North Carolina.

Of course, there are still questions about Biden’s travels. When a reporter called the Delaware attorney general’s office, the spokeswoman wouldn’t go into detail about the former vice president’s travel or where the Secret Service was watching him. One source told The Post that Biden’s trip, for some reason, “took forever to get organized,” and that the former vice president was frustrated with the lack of clarity.

The story of how Biden improvised his way to the Outer Banks is the latest example of how the former vice president has lived through more events in Washington, D.C., than many politicians, leaving him to assume a constant state of in-and-out in his running for the presidency.

Sources: The Washington Post, CNN

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