Pete Buttigieg, the Transportation Secretary, is under fire once again due to the FAA’s decision to issue a full ground stop for all US flights on Wednesday.
Several pilots texted me that the only upgrade Pete Buttigieg and the FAA have done to NOTAM is to change it from "Notice to Airmen" to "Notice to Air Missions." That's it. They did that in December of 2021.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 11, 2023
Buttigieg is the most useless cabinet secretary in a generation
All of us know he cares more about TV appearances than actually doing his job https://t.co/IfQYar0jWZ
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) January 11, 2023
ALL domestic flights are grounded for the 1st time since 9/11. It’s just one transportation crisis after another under Biden. Instead of worrying about racist roads & gas powered cars, he should focus on REAL transportation & cyber security upgrades. https://t.co/niUGTISuxm
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) January 11, 2023
Joe Biden, the US President, stated that Buttigieg did not know what caused the computer issue that led to the ground stoppage.
“Biden confirmed that he had spoken with Buttigieg about the issue. He said that the Transportation Secretary did not know what caused the ground stoppage. He also told the officials to inform him when they learn what caused the issue. “Right now, airplanes are still able to land safely, but they’re not taking off yet because they don’t know what caused it.”
FAA has determined that the safety system affected by the overnight outage is fully restored, and the nationwide ground stop will be lifted effective immediately. I have directed an after-action process to determine root causes and recommend next steps.
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) January 11, 2023
Since becoming the transportation secretary in 2021, Buttigieg’s lack of experience has been the subject of numerous controversies. During the supply chain incident in 2021, he took time off without appointing a deputy. He also went on a vacation while negotiations were taking place that almost led to a national rail strike.
During an interview with Fox News, Buttigieg was able to defend his record. He also refuted the claims that he had been absent from work.
.@BretBaier: "You kept a low profile during the Southwest debacle…You were in Portugal during the rail strike crisis. You were on paternity leave during the 2021 supply chain crisis…how do you address that criticism?"
BUTTIGIEG: "It's nonsense." pic.twitter.com/tLGKrhzMEw
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 5, 2023
Due to his controversial use of private jets, especially when he lectures about climate change, Buttigieg incurred more criticism.
🚨New: @SecretaryPete took military aircraft to attend a sporting event in the Netherlands with his husband.
While families’ holiday travel plans were upended by his department's failures, Buttigieg has used their tax dollars to avoid problems he createdhttps://t.co/z0tZeVMApC
— Americans for Public Trust (@apublictrust) January 4, 2023