Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to crises that fall under his purview.
For instance, when it appeared that the country was headed for a railway strike, Buttigieg was busy vacationing in Portugal.
Buttigieg had similarly been away, out on paternity leave, when the country faced a supply chain crisis last year.
Even when home, Buttigieg hasn’t exactly been doing a stellar job. Flight cancelations similarly plagued the country over the summer, especially over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. While Buttigieg lamented early retirement of pilots, he neglected to point out how many were pushed out due to COVID vaccine mandates. The secretary himself even opposed raising the retirement age of commercial airline pilots from 65- to 67-years-old.