Vice President Kamala Harris spent more than $500 in Parisian shops amid rising inflation and economic uncertainty back home in the U.S.
The vice president visited the shop during her four-day diplomatic visit to Paris last week. She reportedly spent 516 euros at E. Dehillerin, high-end cookware retailer, on pots and pans.
The store is situated outside the Louvre museum, which houses the Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Harris brought home a $375 serving dish, a $160 frying pan, and many other kitchenware items including a porcelain egg dish, and a copper cleaner. According to the store, Harris was informed of the total amount by the Washington Free Beacon.
A Mauviel copper saucepan carried by Williams Sonoma, a luxury brand based in Harris’ home State of California — is priced between $200 to $285.
Harris was asked about her preparation for the presidency by reporters after her visit to E. Dehillerin. Harris, who looked surprised at the reporter, didn’t answer directly but rather praised the success of her diplomatic mission.
“I will tell you it was a very productive and a good trip,” she said, adding that the U.S. has “a lot of follow up to do.”
Harris bought luxury cookware in Paris while Americans at home struggled to cope with rising inflation and high costs.
The winter is seeing gas and energy prices rise. To help lower the price of fuel, the Biden administration temporarily opened its Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
America is also facing a supply-chain crisis and a labor shortage that are only increasing. This year’s Thanksgiving will be the most expensive in more than three decades. Prices are expected to rise 14% compared with last year.
Harris’ office did not respond to the request for comments on the purchase.