The Department of Homeland Security is spending $456,548 to build a security fence around Joe Biden's Delaware summer house - a property he has visited twice in the nine months since he became president.
The president and first lady on Friday evening left Washington DC for their main family home, in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Bidens return frequently to their Wilmington home - a 6,850 square feet property which was built on a four acre plot that he bought in 1996 for $350,000.
Of the first 29 weekends of his presidency, Biden spent just six at the White House, according to an NPR analysis in August.
He was in Wilmington for 14 of those weekends, and Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, for eight.
By contrast, he has been at his Rehoboth Beach holiday home, 100 miles from Wilmington, only twice since becoming president: once in June, to celebrate Jill's 70th birthday, and again in September.
The summer house is now being upgraded, at the cost of almost half a million dollars.
'While Joe Biden refuses to secure America's southern border, he is building walls around his vacation home,' said Fox News host Jesse Watters, on Friday evening.
'Maybe walls do work after all.'
The contract states that construction began on September 21, and should be completed by December 31.
The work is being carried out by a local company in Rehoboth, Turnstone Holdings.
The cost will raise eyebrows, given that the president already has access to a vacation getaway, at Camp David.
The country retreat, in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, Maryland, has offered every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt a respite from Washington DC.
The White House describes Camp David as a place that offers 'an opportunity for solitude and tranquility, as well as an ideal place to work and host foreign leaders.'
The estate boasts two swimming pools, a hot tub, and a series of log cabins for guests.
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