It is no surprise that Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Secretary of Transportation in the Biden Administration, is receiving criticism for his handling of the recent toxic train crash in East Palestine, Ohio. It took two weeks for the Biden White House to sign off on the Federal Emergency Management Agency distributing disaster aid and even longer for Buttigieg to address the crash, which could rapidly become an environmental fiasco. Residents are understandably concerned about the safety of their drinking water and are left feeling like they are on their own.
Buttigieg world frustrated at GOP attacks over train wreck via @adamwren and @TSnyderDC … https://t.co/SEL0neqdCB via @politico
— David Siders (@davidsiders) February 23, 2023
Buttigieg has been trying to contain the public health and transportation crisis, but it appears that he is struggling to do so. He has been involved in Twitter spats with U.S. senators and was even caught in a viral video brushing off a Daily Caller reporter. His allies have been complaining that he is taking an unfair pounding over the disaster, but Buttigieg himself has admitted that he “could have spoken sooner about how strongly I felt about this incident.”
It is clear that Mayor Pete Buttigieg is not up to the challenge of being Secretary of Transportation. He has failed to address the supply chain crisis, the aviation travel nightmare over Christmas, and now this train crash in Ohio. His lack of action and leadership is unacceptable and it is time for President Biden to find someone who is up to the task of leading the Department of Transportation. It is time for a leader who will take action and not just go through the motions.