Tucker Carlson ‘doesn’t understand bottle feeding’, Buttigieg says

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US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg hit back at Fox News host Tucker Carlson, saying he was “trying to figure out how to breastfeed” while on paternity leave.

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“I think he doesn’t understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave,” Mr Buttigieg told MSNBC Deadline White House on Friday evening.

“But what’s really weird is that, you know, it’s from the side of the aisle that used to claim to be pro-family.


“Right now we have an administration that is really pro-family. And I am blessed to be able to experience that as an employee, we have the flexibility to take care of our newborns, which, by the way, It’s work.”

Mr Buttigieg noted that society had begun to do a better job of recognizing parenting and caring as work, “which is why the president has proposed paid family leave for all Americans.” ,” They said.

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He said he did not believe Carlson’s comments were representative of all Americans on the right side of the political spectrum.

“It’s largely a consensus issue … moms and dads should be able to support their children, including on paid family leave,” he said.

on Thursday, after politician Breaking the news that the transportation secretary had been on paternity leave since mid-August after adopting twins with her husband, Cheston, Carlson mocked her for her absence.

“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a baby – paternity leave, they call it – trying to figure out how to breastfeed.

“No word on how it went,” he said.

Defying Carlson’s attack, the White House stood with the Transportation Secretary, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeting: “Proud to serve in an administration that is fighting to make paid leave a reality for all , and with people like @SecretaryPete who are role models. The importance of paid leave for new parents”.

But Carlson fell under the guise of neither Mr Buttigieg or the White House, and on Friday evening doubled down on his derision of the cabinet secretary.

“Last night on this show we made a brief, outrageous joke about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and this morning we discovered our error,” he said.

“It turns out that Buttigieg is not a dwarf hoax, whose utter normality points to the class that spawned him. No, never.

“Going forward, we are under very strict orders from the Biden administration for taking Pete Buttigieg very seriously. And of course, we will. Our fault.”

Meanwhile, the country is facing supply chain issues – from labor shortages to shipping and transport bottlenecks – that have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and increased prices and shortages in consumer goods.

Earlier this week, Mr Buttigieg was in the White House, working with the president and business leaders to develop solutions to some of the issues.

At this meeting, President Joe Biden announced a new plan that aims to reduce supply chain delays at ports. One element of the plan is to keep major ports, including the Port of Los Angeles, which accounts for about 50 percent of all shipping containers in the US, open 24/7, which would significantly increase the ports’ capacity for daily unloading operations.

“If federal support is needed, I will direct all appropriate action,” Biden said. “And if the private sector doesn’t step up, we’ll call them out and tell them to take action.”

The Secretary of Transportation is tasked with coordinating between these private sector companies to help reduce the backlog at US ports.

While Mr Buttigieg said he believed the president’s plan was not enough to address all the supply chain issues the US is currently facing, he said it was an important first step.

“That in itself is not enough to solve the problems that we face in the country,” he told MSNBC on Friday.

Asked how supply chain issues will affect the holiday season, Mr Buttigieg said some issues will persist in the coming weeks and months, but stressed that the steps the government is taking and the work that private companies are doing. Being done with, that will make a difference.

“Let’s also remember that our supply chains are private sector, and rightly so, the government does not own or operate retail stores or freight trucks or freight rail lines, which is part of what makes working on it so Why the challenge. But what we have done is bring together the people who do this work.

“We had a meeting earlier this week with leaders from Walmart, Home Depot, Target, as well as FedEx and UPS to discuss commitments they can take to move goods more efficiently, and I Looks like they are commitments, stepping up to them is going to make a big difference.”


Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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