Hunter Biden’s wife grabbed an iced coffee at a Starbucks near her new Malibu home — and hit the US taxpayer with a hefty bill of about $285, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Melissa Cohen, mother of Biden’s one-year-old son Beau, was seen escorted by two Secret Service agents on a Ford government expedition as she stopped for a brew on Tuesday.
One officer remained at the wheel of the blue SUV parked at the curb, while the other carefully opened a back door for her as she returned to the vehicle with a tray.
Melissa Cohen’s recent trip to Starbucks in Malibu cost taxpayers $285, DailyMail.com can reveal
Hunter Biden’s wife was escorted by two Secret Service agents in a government Ford expedition as she stopped for a brew near the couple’s new home on Tuesday
One officer remained at the wheel of the blue SUV parked at the curb, while the other carefully opened a back door for her as she returned to the vehicle with a tray
A smiling Cohen seemed happy and cheerful during the taxpayer-funded outing
Biden, 51, and Cohen, 34, have received 24-hour Secret Service protection at their beautiful new 3,000-square-foot four-bedroom home in California, rented for $20,000 a month.
Average salaries for top agents — such as those who closely protect President Joe Biden’s family — are $148,437 per year, according to the job site Glassdoor.com.
The six-figure figure equates to an hourly rate of about $71.36, meaning taxpayers pay more than $285.44 for the coffee in a two-hour outing.
Since the SUV is a government vehicle, there are also gas prices to consider.
And the costs can be even higher. Three years ago, then-President Trump raised the cap on Secret Service agents’ earnings to $189,000 per year, including overtime.
But smiling Cohen, a social activist and filmmaker from South Africa, seemed happy to use government funds to keep her fresh before she set out on her new path.
Secret Service agents reportedly earn $148,437 a year — an estimated hourly rate of $71.36 — meaning taxpayers pay more than $285.44 for Cohen’s two-hour coffee run
She wore a beige crossover wrap top over a yellow tank top, white tights, flip flops and a maroon cardigan
The president’s son and daughter-in-law have received 24-hour Secret Service protection in their beautiful new four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot California home, rented for $20,000 a month.
She wore a beige crossover wrap top over a yellow tank top, white tights, flip flops and a maroon cardigan.
Cohen was joined by a friend as she walked to the store, but was later separated from her after picking up a tray of two iced coffee drinks.
The Secret Service agent, who was dressed in civilian clothes, never got too far behind on the outing, even holding the door open for Cohen as she got into the SUV.
Biden and Cohen moved three months ago, leaving behind a $5.4 million canal house in Venice, California, because there was not enough privacy, according to TMZ.
But this place is apparently perfect for the president’s son, who has moved on to a new career as an artist.
Cohen was accompanied by a friend as she walked to the store. Both were dressed in workout clothes
The Secret Service agent, who was dressed in civilian clothes, was never too far behind on the outing
Cohen and her boyfriend were later spotted breaking up after she picked up a tray of two iced coffee drinks from Starbucks
It has its own studio and Biden reportedly starts his day at 5 a.m. with a cup of coffee before going to work in the converted three-car garage.
There, he’ll be creating artwork this fall for his controversial professional debut at a Manhattan gallery — where prices could hit $500,000.
Offering 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, the house has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, an indoor/outdoor living room, and a great room with a vaulted ceiling. The 0.7 hectare plot features a swimming pool, hot tub, stone patio and built-in BBQ.
Neighbors told TMZ that Biden is mostly keeping to himself, noting that many haven’t seen the aspiring artist. However, they say the property is “crawling with Secret Service agents.”
The Harvard-trained attorney’s art debut will see prices ranging from $75,000 for pieces on paper to $500,000 for large-scale paintings, according to his art dealer, Georges Bergès.
Biden and Cohen married in May 2019, reportedly six days after they met
Hunter Biden, who recently transitioned into a career as an artist, rents a $20,000-a-month house (pictured) in Malibu, complete with four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and an art studio
Concerns about whether buyers of his paintings would attempt to use the transactions to gain favor with the Biden administration have pushed officials into an ethical obligation.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed that the gallery owner “will be the only person to handle transactions or conversations in that spirit and will decline any unusual offer.” She said Biden won’t know who bought his art.
The president’s son was previously married to Kathleen Buhle and had children Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy.
But they split in 2015 and divorced in 2017 – the year he had a brief fling with Lunden Alexis Roberts, who gave birth to their child known as ‘Baby Doe’.
Biden and Cohen married in May 2019, reportedly six days after they met.