Chasten Buttigieg fires back at Democratic critic of Pete over Southwest meltdown
Chasten Buttigieg came forward to defend his husband, Secretary for Transportation Pete Buttigieg , after critics in his party accused him of failing to stop the ongoing airline crisis.
The DOT secretary is under pressure from influential leaders from across the political spectrum, as tens to thousands of Americans remain stranded in airports across the country ..
BUTTIGIEG UNDER FIRE FROM BOTH PARTIES AMID SOUTHWEST HOLIDAY TRAVEL FIASCO
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Buttigieg attend a reception ahead of the start of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 on April 15, 2022, in The Hague, Netherlands.
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Southwest Airlines canceled more than 2,500 flights Wednesday, 62% of its entire itinerary. According to the airline, flight schedules will resume normalization on Friday.
Democrat and GOP elected officials and political activists demanded the DOT hold the company accountable so that customers receive full refunds and accommodations.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES ISSUES SECOND APOLOGY, ANNOUNCES RESOURCES FOR CANCELATIONS, REIMBURSEMENTS, LOST LUGGAGE
A Southwest Airlines airplane taxies from a gate at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Oct. 11, 2021 in Baltimore.
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California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna expressed frustration with the situation on Thursday, claiming he and Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders had proposed policies that could have prevented.
“I called for Buttigieg six months ago to impose fines and penalties on airlines that cancel flights. These recommendations were not followed. This mess with Southwest could be avoided. We need to take bold action. “
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Rep. Ro Khanna.
Chasten Buttigieg defended his husband on Friday, accusing Khanna of failing to speak out against Southwest’s corporate leadership and obsolete logistics.
“Zero Tweets from his timeline about Southwest leadership and their outdated IT system. Chasten wrote that “That’s politics, I suppose.”
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For more than a year, Republican leaders have complained Buttigieg does not take his job seriously amid a series of crises for Americans. Buttigieg was in Europe on vacation while railroad unions tried to negotiate a deal in September in order to avoid a potentially devastating strike. The secretary was on paternity leaves with his husband and their two children for several months last year, as the country struggled with supply chain shortages.
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