(TStarnes) – While Americans were left stranded over Christmas due to weather and Southwest Airlines breakdowns, President Joe Biden has jetted off to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a vacation.

The timing has critics irked.

The weekend storm has canceled more than 10,000 flights and proved deadly, causing more than 65 fatalities, including more than 34 in the Buffalo, New York, area alone. New York Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul called it a “war zone” in western New York and “the blizzard of the century.” Military police in Buffalo was called in and has instituted a driving ban.

“No matter where the president is, he is working,” the White House insisted.

But critics note the poor “optics.”

“The optics of this are horrible,” conservative pundit Michele Tafoya said Wednesday. “Not only is it a vacation, but it’s somewhere warm and beautiful while others are freezing, literally, to death.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was once criticized for taking his daughter on a trip to Cancun during the pandemic and a deadly winter storm in Texas that knocked out power. But he too pounced on Biden’s jet-setting to the Caribbean.

“Enjoy St. Croix. ,” Cruz tweeted, which drew reminders of his past untimely jet-setting excursion.

Biden, first lady Jill Biden, daughter Ashley and her husband, Howard Krein, as well as grandchildren Natalie and Hunter, whose father was the president’s late son, Beau, are reportedly staying at the tropical island home of wealthy business owners Bill and Connie Neville.

The Nevilles were attendees at Biden’s first White House state dinner on the taxpayer’s dime, and now the Bidens are reportedly staying free at the Neville’s Virgin Islands home, according to the New York Post.

“Hunter’s laptop and other evidence show Biden’s record of converting his public office into private gain,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told the Post. “So it is no surprise Biden is getting a free luxury vacation from a wealthy donor who ‘coincidentally’ received primo White House state dinner tickets.”

The home is listed on VRBO for a daily rate of $700 for guests and the listed boasts the Biden has stayed there “many” times, according to the report.

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