As President Joe Biden continues his attempts to save his faltering multi-trillion dollar spending plan his daughter Ashley was busy doing some spending of her own while enjoying a designer shopping trip in Malibu over the weekend.
The 40-year-old First Daughter, who is the only child of Joe, 78, and First Lady Jill, 70, was pictured strolling through upmarket outdoor shopping mall Malibu Country Mart in California on Sunday, where she was seen picking up a few purchases, while spending time with a tattooed male pal.
Ashley, who is married to Philadelphia-based surgeon Dr. Howard Klein, put on a chic display during her outing, flaunting very toned arms while modeling a stylish black sundress, chunky tan platform shows, and a khaki-green face mask.
She accessorized the look with some large hoop earrings, a stack of bangles, and several chunky rings – although she chose to go without her wedding band. The activist and charity worker also added a pair of sunglasses, which she wore pushed back on her head, and she was seen carrying a can of coconut water.
Out and about: Joe and Jill Biden’s daughter Ashley was pictured enjoying a shopping trip in Malibu on Sunday – while her father continued his fight to try and save his spending agenda
Purchases: The 40-year-old First Daughter was seen toting a shopping bag from high-end fashion boutique Ron Herman while strolling around the Malibu Country Mart
Pals: Ashley, who is married to Philadelphia-based surgeon Dr. Howard Krein, was joined by a male friend for the excursion and was seen strolling alongside him around the outdoor mall
Ashley stopped into several stores during her shopping excursion, including jewelry brand Gorjana, and high-end fashion boutique Ron Herman – from which she was seen leaving with a large carrier bag in tow.
The store offers a variety of designer clothing and jewelry from a range of brands, including pricey accessories label Spinelli Kilcollin and fashion favorite Acne Studios.
Prices on the store’s website – which includes both men’s and women’s offerings – range from $35 for a simple pair of socks to a staggering $12,800 for a chain link necklace.
Ashley seemed keen to remain under the radar during her shopping trip, throughout which she kept her green face covering on as she browsed in the stores, and spent some time lining up for one of the public restrooms at the mall.
She was joined for the outing by a male pal, who was seen sitting outside of the bathroom waiting for the First Daughter to emerge, before helping her with her shopping bag.
The unnamed gentleman looked relaxed and casual in a pair of turquoise pants and a simple blue T-shirt, which showed off several large tattoo designs on his arms.
One of the people! At one point during the shopping trip, Ashley was pictured lining up for one of the public restrooms while her companion waited patiently for her
Low key: The only daughter of Joe, 78, and Jill, 70, kept her nose and mouth covered with a khaki-green face mask as she shopped
Back in action: She emerged from the restroom and joined her companion, who had several large tattoos on his arms
Snacks? Both Ashley and her friend carried cans of coconut water, while he also toted what appeared to be a paper bag of takeout
Ashley and her companion were also accompanied by a member of the First Daughter’s Secret Service protection, which she will have throughout her father’s time in the White House.
Private life: Ashley tied the knot with Dr. Krein, who is 14 years her senior, in 2012, however he did not join her on the shopping trip
The agent, kept a respectful distance from the duo and was seen standing several paces behind them, wearing a blue plaid shirt and beige pants, with a telltale ear piece peeking out as he kept a watchful eye on Ashley.
Her shopping trip came just hours before her parents were pictured returning to the White House on Monday morning after spending the weekend in the family’s home town of Wilmington, Delaware.
Following his arrival back in D.C., President Biden wasted no time in hammering the Republicans for refusing to raise the debt ceiling, while admitting that he cannot guarantee that the US won’t default on its debt.
‘I think quite frankly it’s hypocritical, dangerous and disgraceful,’ Biden said. ‘Their obstruction and irresponsibility knows absolutely no bounds, especially after we’re clawing our way out of this pandemic.’
After averting a government shutdown last week, lawmakers’ next important deadline is October 18, which will be when the U.S. will no longer be able to pay its bills if Congress doesn’t lift the debt ceiling.
But while her father was dealing with a crisis in D.C., Ashley didn’t appear fazed – in fact she looked incredibly relaxed during her weekend shopping trip.
Something new? Ashley was seen checking out several pieces of jewelry while browsing in accessories store Gorjana
Something caught your eye? She was pictured at the till at one point, suggesting that she may have made a purchase while inside
Stylish: Ashley kept things chic and simple in a black sun dress and chunky platform heels
Bling thing: She accessorized with large hoop earrings, dark glasses that were pushed up onto her head, and several gold and silver bracelets, which were worn in a stack on one wrist
It is not known why exactly Ashley is currently staying in California, however it may be that she is paying a visit to her half-brother Hunter, 51, who relocated to Malibu earlier this year from his $5.4 million rental home in Venice Beach – reportedly over concerns about a lack of privacy.
Hunter is understood to have moved into a $20,000-a-month property ahead of the summer, along with his wife Melissa Cohen and their young son Beau, who was named after Hunter’s late brother.
Family: The First Daughter is the only child of Joe, 78, and First Lady Jill, 70
And while he was not pictured with his half-sibling during her shopping trip, there is certainly plenty of room for her to stay in Hunter’s new home – which boasts 3,000 square feet of space, including four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean.
Ashley – who, unlike former First Daughter Ivanka Trump, has always shied away from the public eye – is known to have a close bond with her older half-sibling, who is the son of President Biden and his late wife Neilia Hunter.
Like her older sibling Hunter, Ashley has had several public brushes with the law. She was reportedly arrested in 1999 for possession of marijuana, and again in 2002 for obstructing a police officer.
In recent years, however, she has turned her life around, focusing on building a career in social work and social justice.
Hunter however has continued to come under a great deal of scrutiny over his colorful personal life, including his drug addiction, for which he has been admitted to rehab on several occasions since 2003.
Family time? It’s unclear what brought Ashley to California, however it may be that she traveled to the West Coast in order to spend time with half-brother Hunter, who lives in Malibu
Back-up: At one point, a Secret Service agent was seen behind the duo, following on at a distance as they strolled around the stores
Taking it easy: Ashley browsed in several stores during the shopping trip
Swanky: According to its website, the Malibu Country Mart is considered ‘California’s premier seaside destination for shopping, dining, and relaxing’
In 2018, he hit the headlines again when it was revealed that he had fathered a child with Arkansas-based stripper Lunden Roberts.
In October 2020, just days before the election, Hunter sparked furious scandal once again when the New York Post published emails and documents that were allegedly taken from the hard drive of a laptop that he had left at a Delaware computer store.
Back in D.C.: Ashley’s outing came hours before her parents returned to the White House following a weekend trip to Delaware
The Post was given a copy of the hard drive by President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The laptop contained a series of emails, as well as personal photos, including several of a sexually-explicit nature, according to the Post.
Then, in December of last year, Hunter confirmed that the US Attorney’s Office in Delaware was investigating his tax affairs.
Controversy continues to cloud the President’s son – with a pair of emails published on September 23 revealing that he offered to help former business associates unfreeze Libyan assets in exchange for a $2 million retainer plus ‘success fees’.
The email exchanges were between mid-level Democratic donors Sam Jauhari and Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani, who in 2015 were both working on behalf of the new Libyan government to free up $30billion in state foreign assets. They had been frozen by the Obama administration under the deposed Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011.
The emails – which were obtained by Business Insider – are unrelated to those on his laptop, which outlined a number of his other business dealings.