Pete Buttigieg used military aircraft to take husband to sporting event

January 5, 2023

According to Fox News, a new report reveals that Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg used a military aircraft to take his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, to a sporting event last year. 

Read on to see the Biden administration's attempt to explain this away.

The details

The incident took place in the spring of 2022, back when President Joe Biden announced that Buttigieg would be taking a presidential delegation to the Invictus Games.

The Invictus Games are the creation of Prince Harry. They have been held since 2014, with the goal of using "the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured, and sick Servicemen and women."

Buttigieg, himself, is a former serviceman, having joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2009. In 2014, he was deployed to Afghanistan.

It turns out, though, that Buttigieg took his husband on the trip, which used military aircraft for transportation.

Fox News reports:

On April 15, Buttigieg traveled from Joint Base Andrews to Rotterdam, Netherlands, via "MilAir Flight" before returning two days later on military aircraft, the calendar obtained by Americans for Public Trust (APT) and shared with Fox News Digital showed. According to photos from the event and media reports, the transportation secretary traveled to the Netherlands with his husband.

Is that right?

Now, Buttigieg is facing a lot of criticism for the trip.

Critics, in particular, are juxtaposing Buttigieg's use of a military aircraft to travel to a sporting event with the transportation struggles that occurred - under Buttigieg's DOT leadership - during the holiday season of 2021, when thousands of flights were canceled.

Abigail Marone, the press secretary of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), tweeted, "your holiday flights were delayed or canceled but Pete Buttigieg brought his husband on a military aircraft to attend a sporting event in the Netherlands."

Americans for Public Trust, similarly, wrote:

@SecretaryPete took military aircraft to attend a sporting event in the Netherlands with his husband. While families’ holiday travel plans were upended by his department's failures, Buttigieg has used their tax dollars to avoid problems he created.
Critics, additionally, accused Buttigieg of being a hypocrite for this trip and the many others in which he used a private jet to travel, despite continuing to push the political left's climate agenda.

There's nothing to see here

Buttigieg, himself, has not responded to the criticism, but the Biden administration has. "It’s standard practice for military aircraft to be provided for White House organized Cabinet-level presidential delegations," a White House National Security Council spokesperson said.

Apparently, using a military aircraft to take your husband to a sporting event is just another perk of being an elite politician.

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