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Five of President Joe Biden’s rented Secret Service vehicles burst into flames after he left to head back to the White House after his vacation in Nantucket. Video shows firefighters working on one of the smoldering engines of a Secret Service vehicle, The New York Post reported.
The five vehicles included a Chevy Suburban, Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX80, Ford Expedition, and a Jeep Gladiator.
The vehicles were parked at the Nantucket airport and the blaze reportedly spread to just 40 feet away from the facility’s jet fuel tanks. It is currently unknown what caused the fire. Fox News reached out to the White House for information, but they did not immediately respond.
These are the same vehicles, rented from Hertz, that caried the president and his family during their vacation.
“At approximately 5:22 am Airport shift staff observed an active fire in the rental car overflow area through the Airport’s Closed Circuit Television System,” the airport said. “Staff activated the Alert system and responded to the fire in Airport-3, where they were met by responding units from Nantucket Fire Department and Nantucket Police Department.”
“Combined fire resources responded and contained the fire. Several vehicles were damaged. The Airport is currently coordinating with rental car agencies and agency partners to ensure scene safety, There is no longer an active fire at this time: the Airport is open, and aeronautical operations are not affected,” it said.
“This is highly suspicious and be taken very seriously,” former Rep. Jason Chaffetz said.
This is highly suspicious and be taken very seriously: Biden’s Secret Service rental vehicles burst into flames after he left Nantucket vacationhttps://t.co/2YqcFb2hl3
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) November 29, 2022
Biden has had a tough relationship with reporters since he became president and that has continued.
This weekend during his vacation in Nantucket for the Thanksgiving holiday he snapped at reporters when he was asked if he would take questions and he said “No!” Mediaite reported.
On Friday, the president spent time walking around Nantucket with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, First Son Hunter Biden, First Grandson Beau Biden, and First Daughter Ashley Biden. The Bidens shopped and had a late lunch, then attended a tree-lighting ceremony — all while being trialed by members of the White House press.
At one point, Biden was asked if he’d come answer questions, and he drew laughs by responding with an immediate “No!”
But later in the day, he weighed in on the USA – England match, which ended in a scoreless draw.
“I’d rather it be one nothing but it’s good. England is tough,” the president said.
For many Americans, the rising inflation has made this Thanksgiving financially tough, to the effect of many people skipping the holiday. A survey by Personal Capital showed that many respondents believed they would not have enough cash for the holiday, while others said they would skip it, the report said.
In fact, it showed that a quarter of respondents said they would be skipping the holiday.
The survey showed that 57 percent of hosts planned to have fewer guests, 53 percent planned to make fewer dishes, 52 percent planned on asking guests to bring dishes, and 42 percent planned on asking people to pitch in financially.
Whether hosts plan to foot the bill or ask their guests to pitch in, most will need at least a rough budget to get all that food on the table. How much are Americans planning to spend this year, and have their budgets changed since 2021?
Despite inflation and job uncertainty, 52% of Americans said they plan on spending the same amount of money on this year’s Thanksgiving as they did last year. Only 33% expected to spend less this year, and 15% expected to spend more. Most Americans placed their Thanksgiving budget within $101-$200. Gen Xers were most likely to keep a tight budget of $100 or less (40%), and baby boomers were most likely to break the bank with a budget of $201 or more (20%).
But as many Americans are struggling, President Joe Biden and his family are spending the holiday at the $20 million home of billionaire David Rubenstein, a private equity tycoon in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the New York Post reported.
Joe Biden, his wife Jill, and other family members were set to fly to the upscale Massachusetts island on Air Force One later Tuesday and remain there until Sunday, the White House confirmed over the weekend. While there, the Bidens plan to stay at Rubenstein’s sprawling, $20 million waterfront home, the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror reported. Biden indicated earlier this month that the upcoming holiday season would be a prime opportunity for him to discuss running for re-election in 2024.
“My intention is that I run again,” he said. “But I’m a great respecter of fate. And this is, ultimately, a family decision. I think everybody wants me to run, but … we’re going to have discussions about it. Well, I — my guess is — I hope Jill and I get a little time to actually sneak away for a week … between Christmas and Thanksgiving. And my guess is it would be early next year we make that judgment.”