Pete Buttigieg brought husband Chasten a military aircraft to go to an event of sport in the Netherlands

The Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveled to Europe aboard a military plane to take part in the Fifth Invictus Games with his wife Chasten Buttigieg this spring in accordance with an internal calendar that was reviewed through Fox News Digital.

On the 15th of April, Buttigieg traveled from Joint Base Andrews to Rotterdam, Netherlands, via “MilAir Flight” then returned two days later via military aircrafts, as the calendar was obtained from Americans for Public Trust (APT) and shared with Fox News Digital showed. Based on photos taken at the event as well as media reports the transportation secretary went to the Netherlands along with his husband.

The president Biden announced that Buttigieg will head a presidential delegation that included lawmakers as well as other administration officials for the Invictus Games on the days before the event taking place in April. The Invictus Games was created through Prince Harry during 2014 to create an event for injured or sick veterans of the military and soldiers. Buttigieg was a member of in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2009 and was assigned to Afghanistan in 2014.

“It’s the norm for military aircrafts to be used to support White House organized Cabinet-level presidential delegations,” a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council stated to Fox News Digital in a statement.

The previous administrations also sent presidential teams to Invictus Games in 2014, 2017, and in 2018.

In a separate announcement, an official from the Department of Transportation spokesperson reiterated the significance in Invictus Games. Invictus Games, but didn’t address questions about the cost to taxpayers , and whether Buttigieg intends to reimburse the government for the costs that are related to his husband’s trip.

“The Secretary was elated to be to participate in the Presidential Delegation which is part of the State Department organized for the Invictus Games, an international competition that helps the sick, injured, and injured soldiers and women, veterans and active service members,” the spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “The delegation had a meeting together with representatives from the U.S. team of wounded veterans and active military in the course of their visit.”

In 2017, however the president of the time Donald Trump accepted the resignation of the then Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price after it was that the Cabinet official has cost taxpayers over $1 million through private jets that were funded by the government and military aircraft. In response to reports that Price’s wife had traveled with the official on military aircrafts during travel abroad The previous HHS director reimbursed federal government for travel expenses.

It’s not known if Buttigieg has paid the government for the cost of his husband’s trip.

All in all, Price’s international flights using military aircrafts alone were more expensive than $5000. Politico published in 2017. Kathleen Sebelius, a former Cabinet official during the Obama administration and stated to Politico she has never travelled on a military aircraft for the purpose of an overseas trip.

In the wake of the 2017 report on Price’s travels The White House said at the time that “use of military aircrafts for Cabinet as well as other important travelers can be a sensible and needed utilization of resources” similar to the message the National Security Council shared Wednesday with Fox News Digital.


“Secretary Buttigieg’s travel issues continue to mount with the latest report that he and his spouse took a private plane to take an European vacation,” APT executive director Caitlin Sutherland said to Fox News Digital. “Taxpayers who have were able to have their vacation plans to be ruined due to Buttigieg’s travel blunders, ought to be outraged.”

“Buttigieg is able to stay clear of any of the issues he’s caused by operating private military jets around globe for non-military reasons however, regular Americans are the ones who suffer the brunt of his apathy to their daily travel reality,” she continued.

Fox News Digital reported in December that Buttigieg has flown on government-owned private jets at least 18 occasions since he took the office. Buttigieg has been a vocal advocate for extreme climate change policies and carbon emissions reductions, was attacked by the media for his hypocrisy. Travel by private jets is the most carbon-intensive form of transport.

Price and his predecessor, Elaine Chao, who was in her tenure in the Trump Administration, have been both condemned for using similar methods of the planes controlled under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA has in the past cost federal agencies around $5,000 per hour for the use of its fleet, as per reports.

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