(PartiallyPolitics.com) On April 7, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg took a government-managed jet in order to fly to New York City for a radio interview and two meetings. Many have questioned Buttigieg on his decision to use the jet operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for this short trip. After his short time in New York, Buttigieg returned on the same jet back to Washington, D.C. in order to attend a meeting there.

During his New York City trip, he first met with Deborah Archer, the president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and with Department of Transportation (DOT) employees. These two meetings did not take more than one hour collectively. He also had an hour-long interview on the radio program “Breakfast Club.”

Following the trip, Buttigieg traveled back to New York City again by taking a commercial flight and returning to Washington, D.C., via train in the evening. The April 8 trip was because of a convention hosted by the National Action Network.

When the DOT was asked about why Buttigieg chose to take a government jet to visit New York City, the agency replied that it was due to the last-minute meeting in the White House which forced him to return to Washington, D.C., within a few hours.

The agency also noted that the price for seats on the FAA jet was only $228 per flight which made it one of the most cost-effective ways of getting the trip done on time.

The DOT spokesperson also noted that prior to the transportation energy needing to return to Washington, D.C., the trip had originally been planned to take two days. This is why after his abrupt return to Washington he took a commercial flight to get back to New York the next day and finish his appearances.

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