- Kathleen Buhle wrote in her book that not coming under Secret Service protection was a “pain point.”
- She wrote about how her husband and children were assigned a detail, but she was not.
- Buhle wrote that the exclusion made her feel like she was “not ‘family'” or of “Biden blood”.
Hunter Biden’s ex-wife Kathleen Buhle wrote in her book that she felt left out of the Biden family after not being under Secret Service protection.
In an excerpt from Buhle’s upcoming book, “If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing,” reported by The Guardian, she described a 2009 meeting with a Secret Service agent before Joe Biden took office as vice president. .
“Hunter and the girls are all assigned a detail. Two agents with them 24 hours a day,” the Secret Service agent told Buhle, according to her book, adding that she “would be picked up and included in any plan.” ” in case of emergency.
According to The Guardian, Buhle wrote that she was “embarrassed” by the news. “Did this mean I was less important than my husband and my children? What I heard in his words: I wasn’t really a Biden,” she wrote.
Buhle’s conversation with the Secret Service agent also reminded her of an incident where she was barred from a family photo by her husband’s aunt, who asked for a photo with “only Biden blood,” she wrote, according to the report. outlet.
According to Buhle’s book, she later asked her husband to turn down the Secret Service coverage, but he didn’t, telling her, “Kathleen, it’s always been that way. It’s not personal. Parents-in-law have never had any protections.” .”
While she understood the situation, Buhle wrote that the lack of Secret Service protection “remained a sore point” for her. According to The Guardian, she also recalled asking her husband not to walk ahead of her because his security staff would do the same.
“It was another reminder that I wasn’t ‘family’, an echo of the call to get me out of the picture. Just Biden blood,” Buhle wrote, according to the outlet.
“Maybe part of me knew that soon I would have to fight as hard as I’ve ever had to stay in my marriage,” she added, per The Guardian.
Buhle was married to Hunter Biden for 24 years, during which he had an affair with his brother’s widow, Hallie Biden. The couple, who have three daughters, separated in 2017.
The Secret Service’s website states that it protects the president, vice president, and their immediate families, but does not provide any protection plans beyond those individuals. Hunter Biden is now back under the protection of the Secret Service, who pay more than $30,000 a month to protect him at his Malibu home.