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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s travel habits have hit some turbulence.
Secretary Buttigieg is facing a possible investigation for his use of private planes to get around the world.
Fox News reports the transportation secretary has used government private jets at least 18 times.
Most recently, Buttigieg and his spouse attended the Invictus Games, a sporting event in the Netherlands. The games were founded by disgraced Prince Harry in 2014 as a multi-sport competition for wounded warriors and military veterans.
“Secretary Buttigieg’s travel woes keep piling up with this newest revelation that he and his husband took a private jet for a European trip,” Americans for Public Trust executive director Caitlin Sutherland told Fox News Digital. “Taxpayers, who just had their holiday plans completely upended because of Buttigieg’s travel mismanagement, should be furious.”
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Not to mention the anger that many civilian airline passengers are feeling after weeks of travel delays.
“Buttigieg manages to avoid all the problems he has created by flying private military jets around the world for non-military purposes, while everyday Americans bear the brunt of his detachment from their travel realities,” she said.
Buttigieg pushed back and suggested the only reason people were upset is because he’s married to a man. Homophobia.
“The question on my mind is, if no one’s raising questions about why Secretary Esper and his wife led that delegation – as well they should have – why is it any different when it’s me and my husband,” the transportation secretary told Fox News.
He defended his behavior by pointing out that former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Melania Trump traveled with their husbands.
Yes, but the difference is that their husbands were president of the United States — not a cabinet secretary.
In 2017 Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned after he racked up more than $1 million using government funded private jets and military planes.
Buttigieg “took Chasten on a military plane to attend a sporting event in Europe.. with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Tom Price resigned for much less,” said GOP strategist Matt Whitlock.
Price also reimbursed the government for his wife’s travel expenses.
So why would it be any different for a member of the Biden Administration — especially for a cabinet secretary who preaches against carbon emissions.
It’s not homophobia, it’s hypocrisy.
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