President Joe Biden’s Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, reportedly took his husband along for the ride when he utilized a military aircraft to attend a sporting event.
A Wednesday report by Americans for Public Trust (APT) revealed that Buttigieg and their husband Chasten attended the Invictus Games in the Netherlands on Apr. 15, 2021. Fox News Digital reported the couple flew on a “MilAir Flight” to Europe and returned two days later.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg reportedly traveled on military aircraft to the Netherlands with his husband to attend the fifth Invictus Games, according to a calendar obtained by Americans for Public Trust (APT). https://t.co/7N25OSVxRv
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Just before the trip, Biden announced that Buttigieg would head a U.S. delegation to the event. The Invictus Games were founded in 2014 by Prince Harry and are held for wounded, injured, and sick military members.
Among the delegation were Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Donald Remy, and Air Force Undersecretary Gina Ortiz Jones. Chasten Buttigieg, however, was not listed as being part of the delegation.
But according to photographs of the event and multiple media reports, the transportation secretary’s husband was indeed there.
When the travel information was released, APT raised the possibility of a “double standard.”
Former President Donald Trump’s former Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, resigned under pressure after it was revealed that he cost the government over $1 million for use of private jets and military planes.
Price later reimbursed Washington for some of the travel expenses when it became known that his wife accompanied him on some of the overseas ventures.
APT executive director Caitlin Sutherland told Fox News Digital that the secretary’s “travel woes keep piling up with this newest revelation that he and his husband took a private jet for a European trip.”
This news, of course, comes in the wake of the Christmas holiday travel disaster that upended the plans of tens of thousands of domestic vacationers on Buttigieg’s watch. The secretary avoids these disruptions by flying privately around the world at taxpayers’ expense.
APT also reported that Buttigieg has utilized taxpayer-funded private jets “on at least 18 occasions since taking office.” This is despite his advocacy for climate change protections and lowering carbon emissions.
A Department of Transportation spokesperson declined to answer whether Buttigieg would reimburse the federal government for his husband’s travel. Instead, the spokesperson said that the secretary was “proud to be asked to be part of the Presidential delegation.”