Vice President Kamala Harris spent over $500 on cookware in a Parisian shop amid rising inflation and economic uncertainty at home in the U.S. Fox News reported.
During her four-day diplomatic visit to Paris this week, the vice president reportedly spent 516 euros at high-end cookware retailer E. Dehillerin on pots and pans.
The store is located outside of the world-renowned Louvre museum, which houses Leonardo da Vinci’s famed painting, the Mona Lisa.
Harris took home a serving dish costing around $375, a frying pan around $160, as well as a multitude of other kitchenware items, including a porcelain egg dish and a copper cleaner, according to the store, which disclosed the amount of the purchase to the Washington Free Beacon.
By comparison, a Mauviel copper saucepan carried by luxury brand Williams Sonoma — based in Harris’ home state of California – is priced between $200 and $285.
Following her visit to E. Dehillerin, reporters questioned Harris about how her vacation to France had prepared her for the presidency. The vice president, who gave a surprised look to the reporter, did not directly answer the question, instead praising the success of her diplomatic mission.
“I will tell you that it was a very fruitful and enjoyable trip,” she said, adding that the US has “a lot of follow-up to do.”
As Harris purchased luxury cookware in Paris, Americans at home continued to deal with the harsh realities of rising inflation and costs across the board.
Gas and energy prices are rising going into the winter, and the Biden administration temporarily opened the Strategic Petroleum Reserve this week to drive down the rising price of fuel.
Additionally, America is facing a supply chain crisis and labor shortage that is only getting worse by the day. Thanksgiving this year is expected to be one of the costliest in over three decades, with prices soaring 14% compared to last year.
Harris’ office did not respond to the Free Beacon’s request for comment on the purchase.