Jake Tapper Confronts Pete Buttigieg About Taking Paternity Leave Amid Supply Chain Crisis: ‘Why Did You Not Appoint an Acting Secretary?’

CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on why he didn’t appoint a subordinate to oversee the department while he was on paternity leave.

Buttigieg spoke to Tapper on State of the Union, where he fielded questions about the country’s supply chain crises and the Biden administration’s attempts to get their stalled infrastructure agenda through Congress. At one point in the conversation, Tapper asked Buttigieg to respond to the mockery he has drawn from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and others for taking leave after he and his husband, Chasten, announced the birth of their adopted twins.

Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg says America need both pieces of spending legislation Democrats are currently debating in Congress.

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