Transportation chief Buttigieg defends family leave after being mocked by Fox News anchor

Sec. Buttigieg says it's time for the U.S. to join 'pretty much every other country in the world' on paid family leave.

10/17/2021 9:20:00 PM

Transportation Sec. Buttigieg defends paid family leave after Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked him for taking paternity leave to care for his twin newborns.

Sec. Buttigieg says it's time for the U.S. to join 'pretty much every other country in the world' on paid family leave.

ByTeaganne FinnWASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defended paid family leave on Sunday, after Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked the secretary for taking paternity leave to care for his twin newborns."When somebody welcomes a new child into their family, and goes on leave to take care of that child that's not a vacation, it's work, it's joyful, wonderful, fulfilling work, but it is work," said Buttigieg on"Meet the Press."

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Politicoreported last weekthe secretary had been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their twin babies, Penelope and Joseph.On Thursday, Carlson said: “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how that went."

Not long after, many came to Buttigieg's defense including White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who tweeted she's"proud to work in an Administration that is fighting to make paid leave a reality for everyone, and with people like@SecretaryPete

who are role models on the importance of paid leave for new parents."When pressed if paid family leave will remain in President Joe Biden's $3.5 billion 'Build Back Better' agenda, Buttigieg said, it remains"in the President's vision, we'll see what the legislative process is going to bring."

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Military suicides, sexual assault, deaths increase & mental health declines for veterans etc. Instead of fixing policies to increase providers using LPC/LMHC no you all want to focus on everything else while military die at home in the US by their own hands. Update MIL BH policy Imagine being a child of TuckerCarlson

Tucksucks How does a gay guy have new borns? So no one does his job while he is on leave? How quickly Republicans forget about how much 'presidential time' tfg took for himself. Fox news only can say what Trump tells them to say Paid leave is nice for him but how about the millions of other dads who have to return to work immediately.

Carlson doesn’t know babies need around the clock care fir about three months? Geez. Leave guy alone This comment by F***er Carlson is outrageously offensive to gay parents & to humans in general. I know that’s the point. How is he still on the air?! When will Fox viewers say enough is enough? I know the answer, but boy is it sick. I thought it was just about paternity leave😧.

If CAgovernor would ease up for a while on the 3 year truck rule on owner op or independents coming in Cali PeteButtigieg POTUS , cause u can loads paying upwards 12 grand outta , not ALL loads but they start around 4 grand to the east coast - 3 day jaunt FoxBusiness MSNBC What a privilege, when many are taking unpaid leave, sometimes even for years.

Important government officials need their time off as well. They sacrifice so much to make our lives better and to tell us what to do (them: take the vaccine - me: okay whatever you say). Should not receive it they did not have the baby. Personally homosexual should not be able to adopt. I don't care which how you choose to live your life star but that's not an environment you should raise a child in.

Tucker rhymes with F****r right! People still listen to him? You are in crisis with your supply chain, not a good time to be off. But someone will spin it differently. Please note however that we will collectively demand to remove ourselves from the labor force and advocate end-to-end humanless solutions being that we have enough of the means to pursue happiness from corporate profits after making ourselves wealthy consumers. Self-perpetuating.