(PresidentialWire.com)- Caitlin Huey-Burns, a CBS Newsperson, said when talking to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg that she just had to question, since it did take him a couple of days to reply publicly, “do you regret not speaking out sooner?”
When asked whether he agreed, Buttigieg said, “Absolutely. My only concern was making sure that our people there were safe and sound.” He should have said something sooner to express his feelings about what happened.
Buttigieg said on Tuesday that he should have said something sooner about how he felt about the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, but that he refrained from doing so until he was satisfied that DOT personnel already in East Palestine “were all set.”
Buttigieg also said in the interview that he hadn’t gone to East Palestine yet because he’s been trying to keep out of the way of the NTSB’s probe and because the government has been taking action there from the start. He said that his visit to the city would be action-oriented.
And, indeed, it was.
On Thursday, Buttigieg went to East Palestine, Ohio, where he flaunted a pair of shining brown boots, drawing the ire of Republicans on social media.
Buttigieg, 41, examined the wreckage from the train crash and deadly chemical leak that rattled the community near the Pennsylvania state border on February 3. He was dressed casually in form-fitting slacks and leather dress boots.
Abigail Marone, a spokeswoman for Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley, questioned if he was wearing dress shoes at a toxic chemical site. Her quip was accompanied by a ridiculing photograph showing Buttigieg with the boots and a vest with a photoshopped Carhartt insignia.
Upon sharing a photo of the alleged footwear, Marone said, “Serious question, does @SecretaryPete believe these are work boots?”
To which Townhall senior editor Matt Vespa retorted, “the most durable catastrophe gear… courtesy of Brooks Brothers.”