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Buttigieg twins dress as ‘twinfrastructure’ for Halloween

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg dressed his newborn twins as traffic cones for Halloween, telling CNN on Sunday that “they’re infrastructure, basically.”

“My husband, Chasten, found these. It’s a little hard to describe, but basically they’re like these traffic cone costumes,” he told Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union,” asked if his newborn twins — Penelope Rose and Joseph August, who were born in early September — had costumes for Halloween. 

“They’re going to be going as infrastructure,” he added.

Chasten Buttigieg, the secretary’s husband, posted photos of the twins in traffic cone costumes later in the day, writing on Twitter, “Happy Halloween from these #twinfrastructure safety advocates!”

The family, however, is spending Halloween in the hospital because their son Gus is “having a rough go of it,” Chasten noted in a tweet, but he said they are “headed in the right direction.”

“We’re so thankful for all of the love and support shown to our family these last few months,” Chasten wrote in the Twitter thread. “And also, many thanks for the dedicated and kind medical professionals who have helped take care of our two little pumpkins as they’ve grown stronger, healthier, and cuter!”

The Buttigieg twins’ costumes are timely, as Congressional lawmakers and White House officials are closing in on a final deal for the bipartisan infrastructure bill and Democrats’ reconciliation package.

The White House released the framework for the $1.75 trillion social spending package last week, and Democratic leadership is now pushing to have both bills approved by Tuesday.

That goal, however, may be delayed, as lawmakers are still finalizing the text.

One initiative that was left out of the White House’s framework is paid family leave. President Biden had pushed for 12 weeks of paid family leave to be included in the bill, but it was initially cut to four weeks and then nixed from the package amid opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Pete Buttigieg, who recently returned from paternity leave, told Bash that the issue is personal to him, adding that the administration will “continue pushing” for the initiative.

The Transportation secretary’s paternity leave made headlines earlier this month when Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked him for taking the time off.

“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,” Carlson said on his prime-time show.

The remarks stirred widespread criticism, with people expressing support for Buttigieg.

During an interview days after Carlson’s comments aired, Buttigieg said he is “not going to apologize” to the Fox News host for taking paternity leave.

“As you might imagine, we’re bottle-feeding, and doing it at all hours of the day and night. And I’m not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn infant twins,” Buttigieg said.

“It is long past time to make it possible for every American mother and father to take care of their children when a new child arrives in the family,” he added.

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