DOT Pushes Back After Nonprofit Alleges Buttigieg had No Scheduled Meetings on Supply Chain Crisis for Two Months
- January 18, 2023
James Lynch, Daily Caller
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had no official meetings specifically designated for the supply chain crisis scheduled for nearly two months during his parental leave, documents obtained by a conservative nonprofit allegedly show.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) vehemently denies the allegation.
“This is absurd and entirely untrue. Secretary Buttigieg has worked on supply chain issues throughout his time in the Biden Administration – and intensely so during the summer of 2021 through spring of 2022,” a DOT spokesperson told the Daily Caller. “The Secretary had multiple supply chain meetings and engagements throughout the summer and fall of 2021 – including meeting with the executive directors of the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, railroad leaders, trucking leaders, labor leaders, and the CEOs of Walmart, FedEx, UPS, Target, Home Depot, and more.”
His schedule shows a heavy workload until he began parental leave in mid-August due to the birth of his twins. Buttigieg had frequent meetings with top officials in Congress and the Biden administration, his schedule shows. He also conducted regular internal meetings and made time for interviews with a variety of media outlets.
“Secretary Buttigieg claims that, even while on paternity leave, he was on call in an emergency. But when it came to the supply chain crisis, one of the most pressing and consequential emergencies plaguing Americans at the time, he was nowhere to be found,” said Michael Chamberlain, director of PPT.
January 18, 2023, 10:43AM