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Update: Secret Service denies thanking baker for rejecting Biden visit

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Did Secret Service officials associated with Vice President Joe Biden thank a baker for refusing to host the vice president at his shop on Wednesday, as local media reported? The U.S. Secret Service says it didn’t happen.

“[O]ur personnel were not involved in making that statement,” U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien told National Review Online’s Daniel Foster. “Milien said there were agents in the bakery, along with (similarly dressed) local law enforcement, but that USSS was there merely to thank the shop owners for their trouble and apologize for any inconvenience the advance team may have caused them,” National Review added.

Milien was responding to a report from the New River Valley Reporter (Va.), that indicated the Secret Service officials had a low opinion of Biden.

“[S]hortly after Crumb and Get It told Biden’s advance people ‘no’ — the secret service walked in and told [owner] Chris McMurray “Thanks for standing up and saying ‘no’ — then they bought a whole bunch of cookies and cupcakes,” the Valley Reporter said.

Perhaps the local law enforcement thanked the baker. Certainly, the rest of the community appreciated the rejection. On Thursday, after the public learned of the story, the bakery did so much business that it ran out of food by 1:15 p.m.

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