How useless is Biden’s Transportation Secretary? He’s been on “paid paternity leave” for two freaking months during the nation’s supply chain crisis:
They didn’t previously announce it, but Buttigieg’s office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.
— Matthew Kaminski (@KaminskiMK) October 15, 2021
Here’s more from the New York Post:
The Department of Transportation revealed late Thursday that Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been on paternity leave since mid-August amid the massive ongoing supply-chain crisis that is threatening the timely delivery of everyday consumer goods and holiday gifts, according to a new report.
Besides several recent television hits, Buttigieg has been lying low, Politico reported, citing his office. Buttigieg’s team told the outlet that the secretary has been on paternity leave for nearly two months to spend time with his husband and two newborn babies and plans to continue to give them support in the coming weeks. The office had not previously announced his time off.
The report comes as dozens of large ships remained stuck in a traffic jam near the Los Angeles coast for more than a month waiting to dock and unload goods including toasters, sneakers, bicycles and cars. A shortage of truckers has also prevented companies from distributing supplies across the country.
As the holidays approach, experts warned that the cost of children’s toys is up as much as 10 percent, noting many in-demand gifts will likely be out of stock soon.
“For the first four weeks, he was mostly offline except for major agency decisions and matters that could not be delegated,” a spokesperson said of Buttigeg’s absence in the crisis. “He has been ramping up activities since then.”
At the same time, the secretary will “continue to take some time over the coming weeks to support his husband and take care of his new children.”
This is really unbelievable. The nation is in crisis and Biden’s man in charge of it all is laying low at home with this gay husband and adopted kids.
Here’s a little reaction from Twitter:
How useless is the Secretary of Transportation? He went on paternity leave for two months and NOBODY EVEN BOTHERED TO NOTICE. https://t.co/hbbCN7WSOi
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 15, 2021
If the country can afford to lose you for two months so that you can relax at home, your job isn't necessary and should be eliminated https://t.co/dM7g83gpwB
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 15, 2021
Melania wasn't seen for a month and it got wall-to-wall coverage
Buttigieg dips for 2 months in the middle of a transportation crisis and it's a footnote https://t.co/ocCkWInLYc
— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) October 15, 2021
Weird. Yesterday, Biden claimed his administration has been on the supply chain issue since February and his "task force" has been working on it since June, but somehow the Secretary of Transportation has been on leave because they adopted a couple of kids? Quit your job, dude. https://t.co/qKorRAlfMA
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) October 15, 2021