Buttigieg Gives the Most Ridiculous Excuse Ever for Using Private Jets – IOTW Report

Buttigieg Gives the Most Ridiculous Excuse Ever for Using Private Jets


Embattled Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has come under fire recently for basically being terrible at his job, has also been criticized for his regular use of private government jets, a practice he tried to defend during an appearance on Fox News.

It did not go well.

“You’ve been a big advocate for the environment—the administration’s climate change policy. What do you say to people who ask, is it environmentally responsible to fly on private government jets when commercial options are available?” host Bret Baier asked.

“Well, when we’re making a decision about what kind of aircraft to use, we weigh a lot of things. That’s one of the things we consider. So is saving taxpayers money. Now, I fly the majority of the time in economy class on an airliner, just like everybody else,” Buttigieg claimed. “But there are cases where we use an FAA jet, a jet that’s assigned to my department. I’ll give you an example. I went to Wisconsin recently. This was last year, I think. […] We saved taxpayers $2,000 by using the FAA jet instead of buying those airline tickets.”

After Baier pointed out several other private jet flights Buttigieg has taken, the secretary claimed, “taxpayers are usually saving money when we do that.”

The FAA reportedly charges federal agencies $5,000 per hour for the use of a private jet. According to a recent analysis of his flight records by the New York Post, Buttigieg has used private jets 18 times since taking office. His predecessor, Elaine Chao, was criticized for using private jets seven times in 2017.


14 Comments on Buttigieg Gives the Most Ridiculous Excuse Ever for Using Private Jets

  1. All of the members of the Biden malAdministration should be restricted to fucking bicycles, battery powered sidewalk scooters and electric cars and have absolutely no preferable status when it comes to charging the second. In this fuckers case I would provide a Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper and send him on his way.

  2. ButtyBoy, if that’s true, show us ALL of the flight logs and expense lists on every flight you have taken you lying piece of rubbish. What? Those records are not available to the plebes, you say?

  3. I have absolutely no problem with members of government using government aircraft for official travel. As long as it’s a standard Airforce MAC C-130 with the optional personnel transport package. Web sling seats, no bathroom (does have a piss tube) and they need to bring their own ear plugs and muffs. It ain’t one or the other, you’ll need both.

  4. If highways can be “racist” surely (don’t call me Shirley) skylanes are 1,000 times more so!! Not only that, but the higher you go the Whiter it gets…right!

    (just the opposite of the old “head-up-the-ass” syndrome!)

  5. That is a 2 hour flight one way. The 8 passenger Cessna Jet cost $8500 an hour plus the cost of the pilots. A ticket with United is $250 one way. The math doesn’t work for a $2000 savings.

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