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Biden heading to US Virgin Islands to chill out between holidays – The Washington Put up


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday was headed to a spot very acquainted to him — the U.S. Virgin Islands — to get pleasure from some downtime and hotter climate and to ring in a brand new yr with household.

The president and his spouse, first woman Jill Biden, departed Washington on Tuesday for St. Croix, certainly one of three islands that make up the U.S. territory within the Caribbean. St. John and St. Thomas are the opposite two islands. The Bidens had been joined by their grandchildren Natalie and Robert.

St. Croix is a tropical getaway that Biden has been getting away to at the least since he was vp, from 2009 to 2017.

“We’ve missed him the final couple of years,” Beth Moss Mahar, a retired lawyer and island resident for practically three many years, stated in a phone interview.

Biden spent the vacations at his residence in Delaware in 2020 and 2021, principally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week’s go to to St. Croix will probably be his first as president to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We’re tremendously honored,” Del. Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat who represents the Virgin Islands in Congress, stated in a phone interview Tuesday.

“Previously, when he and his household have come, after all sightings of President Biden had been nearly a factor of legend,” she stated.

Any sightings will now be altered by the truth that Biden is thought to be one of many world’s strongest males. As such, he now travels with a considerably larger footprint than when he was vp, together with a big contingent of U.S. Secret Service brokers, White Home workers and journalists masking the journey.

Biden and his spouse get pleasure from spending the week between Christmas and New 12 months’s Day in a hotter local weather, and Jill Biden likes a seaside, aides stated.

“We at all times look ahead to his coming and we actually perceive that it is a place of rest for him and Jill and no matter different household he might deliver with him and so we go away him alone and let him simply chill out,” stated Donna Christensen, who was Plaskett’s predecessor in Congress.

“He often says, ‘In my subsequent life, I’m dwelling in St. Croix,’” she stated in a phone interview.

Each Plaskett and Christensen expressed hope that spotlight paid to the place Biden spends his year-end trip will amplify challenges dealing with the U.S. Virgin Islands and different U.S. territories, resembling threats from local weather change, together with extra highly effective hurricanes and rising sea ranges, in addition to issues these governments have dealing with growing old infrastructure.

Biden was scheduled to return to Washington on Jan. 2. That’s the day earlier than the president’s Democratic Social gathering cedes management of the Home of Representatives to the Republican Social gathering following the November midterm elections, probably complicating Biden’s legislative agenda for the remaining two years of his time period.

Democrats will proceed to manage the Senate within the Congress that will probably be seated on Jan. 3.

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