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Pete Buttigieg Should Not Be Taking Two Months off during a Supply-Chain Crisis

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg takes a question during a press briefing about the administration’s response to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack shut down at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

As America faces a mounting transportation crisis — the disruption of shipping supply chains — Jim Geraghty asked yesterday exactly what it is that Joe Biden’s “Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force” has been doing since Biden named it in June. We then got a partial answer that has people up in arms at Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, one of the leaders of the task force:

They didn’t previously announce it, but Buttigieg’s office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies. “For the

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