Apparently, Vice President Joe Biden racked up quite a hotel bill during his one-night stay in Mexico City. Of course, he wasn’t alone. According to a State Department contract, they needed 260 hotel rooms and meeting places. The hotel tab alone was over half a million dollars…$538,528.65 to be exact. The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Biden, who attended an annual economic summit with Mexican leaders, stayed at the luxury Intercontinental Presidente Hotel. Biden led a delegation attending the summit that included Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
The government said the trip costs were justified due to security concerns and last-minute planning.
“In addition to supporting a large delegation within a short time frame, last minute and frequent changes of itineraries for supporting personnel often result in significant changes in how Posts work with the vendors,” the State Department said. “With the exception of a few trips, contracts are not permitted to be signed until the Department of State (Post) has written confirmation from all supporting agencies, which enables collection of funds from said agencies in the event of cancellation.”
“These unique Senior High-Level USG [U.S. government] VIP travel requirements result in only a single or a very limited number of responsible sources with no other supplies or services capable of satisfying agency requirement,” they added.
While there in Mexico City, CNN reported that Vice President Joe Biden almost felt “obliged to apologize” to Mexicans for the comments that Donald Trump and other GOP presidential contenders had made previously regarding immigration and the wall which Donald Trump has vowed to force Mexico to pay for:
“It’s a heated campaign season and I just want you to know, Mr. President [Enrique Pena Nieto], that the most heated rhetoric you’ve heard from competitors for the nomination for president is not who we are as the American people. It is not the view that is the view of the majority of the American people. It’s the exact opposite. It’s the opposite view.”