Buttigieg’s 18 trips in private jets since taking office raised many eyebrows, and now it appears that his decisions may have breached the trust of the taxpayers.
Daily Caller reports, Department of Transportation inspector general announced Monday that it will audit Pete Buttigieg’s use of FAA jets for official business.
Based on a request from Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the audit will examine all Department Of Transportation secretaries’ trips since Jan. 31, 2017. The audit was requested by Rubio after a Fox News report revealed Buttigieg flew 18 times on a private jet since taking office.
A memo from the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General stated “The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) guidance to executive department heads allows executives to travel on Government aircraft but with restrictions, The guidance states that, to minimize cost and improve the management and use of Government aviation resources, Government aircraft shall be used only for official travel or on a space available basis, subject to certain policies and authorizations.”
However Buttigieg shot back at the allegations via Twitter stating “The guidance states that, to minimize cost and improve the management and use of Government aviation resources, Government aircraft shall be used only for official travel or on a space available basis, subject to certain policies and authorizations.”
This is not the only investigation that Buttigieg is presently under.
Fox News reports. In an investigation launched by the House Oversight Committee after Pette Buttigieg waited 20 days after the initial wreck to visit the site, lawmakers investigated Buttigieg for her “apathy” after the dangerous train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
Residents and lawmakers criticized Buttigieg for taking over a week to publicly acknowledge the incident.
In a letter to Buttigieg House Republicans demanded documents and information related to the departments disastrous response to the toxic spill.
The letter stated ”Despite the U.S. Department of Transportation’s responsibility to ensure safe and reliable transport in the United States, you ignored the catastrophe for over a week. The American people deserve answers as to what caused the derailment, and DOT needs to provide an explanation for its leadership’s apathy in the face of this emergency,
The investigations into Pete Buttigieg’s misuse of government planes only further deepens the sense that something inappropriate is going on. After viewing the train derailment site in East Palestine, Ohio 20 days late, Buttigieg’s apathy and seeming coverup of a potential sham have angered taxpayers and left them questioning whether he was up to the job. The investigations now raising serious questions over not only his misuse of private planes paid by taxpayers’ money but his ability to handle crises with clarity and proficiency. Having called him out for run-and-hide tactics as well as a general lack of qualifications, it’s no surprise that taxpayers are left scratching their heads wishing for a better outcome from the investigations.