Pete Buttigieg Grilled on Biden’s Health, Fitness for Office

Rep. Troy Nehls asked about impeachment.

QUICK FACTS:
  • On Tuesday, Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) questioned Pete Buttigieg, the secretary of transportation, about whether he had considered using the 25th Amendment to remove President Joe Biden.
  • Nehls asked if Buttigieg had ever spoken to any other cabinet members about the possibility of impeachment.
  • Buttigieg said that he believed the question was insulting and insisted that he had not ever spoken to a cabinet member about impeachment.
  • Nehls pushed the issue, asking if the transportation secretary had ever messaged anyone in the executive branch about the president’s decline in health, including from his private phone.
  • Buttigieg dodged the question, saying that Biden is “as vigorous a colleague or boss as I ever had the pleasure of working with.”
NEHLS & BUTTIGIEG’S EXCHANGE BEFORE CONGRESS:
  • Nehls questioned Buttigieg during a Transporation Committee hearing, asking, “My question for you sir is, have you spoken with any other cabinet members about implementing the 25th Amendment on President Biden?”
  • Buttigieg responded indignantly, saying, “First of all, I’m glad to have a president who can ride a bicycle, and I will look beyond the insulting nature of that question and make clear that the President of the United States” before he trailed off and eventually said “of course not” in response to Nehls’ questions.
  • The Texas Republican bore down on the issues pointing out the potential for change within the administration, saying, “Inflation is 9.1 percent, gas prices are through the roof, our adversaries are exploiting our weaknesses across the globe, our southern border is nonexistent, this administration puts the American people last.”
  • “The left, and the dishonest media, which in my opinion, is the greatest threat to this country, the dishonest media, began questioning President Trump’s mental state back in February 2017, a month into his presidency,” Nehls went on to say.
BACKGROUND:
  • Biden’s health has been in question since taking office, including when Biden said he “has” cancer thanks to the oil industry.
  • Questions about the comment prompted White House spokesman Andrew Bates to refer journalists to a tweet from Washington Post columnist Glenn Kessler, who noted that Biden had “non-melanoma skin cancers” before he took office.