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President Joe Biden escaped winter’s chill with a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands where he and first lady Jill Biden are staying at the home of wealthy donors, according to multiple reports.
Air Force One landed late Tuesday evening at Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, on which the First Couple are expected to celebrate New Year’s Eve as much of the country digs itself out of a massive Arctic blast and flight cancellations leave thousands of travelers stranded.
The Bidens have made the Caribbean island a regular vacation destination over the years, and they are residing at a familiar spot this week as the forecast calls for sun and temperatures hovering between the low 70s and 80s Fahrenheit.
“As they have done previously, the President and the First Lady are staying at the home of their friends Bill and Connie Neville,” the White House told reporters.
Bill Neville is a tech executive and his wife Connie is a self-employed designer, per reports from CNN and Daily Mail. As noted by the New York Post, the Bidens are not paying to stay at the villa, which has an in-ground pool and direct beach access, and the their vacation comes a few weeks after the Nevilles’ names appeared on the celebrity-packed guest list for the president’s first state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron on December 1.
Federal Election Commission records show more than $10,000 in contributions in 2020 by “William” Neville and Connie Neville from the Virgin Islands to Biden for President, the Biden Victory Fund, as well as contributions to the campaigns of various Republican and Democratic candidates over the years.
The arrangement for this week’s stay at the Nevilles’ villa led Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton to raise concerns about the potential for corruption. The conservative watchdog alluded to the controversy surrounding the foreign business activities of first son Hunter Biden, dealings from which the White House has distanced the president.
“Hunter’s laptop and other evidence show Biden’s record of converting his public office into private gain,” Fitton said, according to the New York Post. “So it is no surprise Biden is getting a free luxury vacation from a wealthy donor who ‘coincidentally’ received primo White House state dinner tickets.”
Anticipations are high among Democrats, as the president is likely going to make a decision about running for reelection in 2024 after the holidays, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said this month. The Bidens are expected to return to Washington, D.C., on January 2.