The Biden administration is sending Pete & Chasten Buttigieg to the Invictus Games

by Susan Ryant

For weeks now, every Invictus Games-related social media post has been flooded by anti-Sussex curmudgeons accusing Prince Harry and Meghan of, like, profiting from the games or trying to get attention because of the games or disrespecting the Queen with the games. Invictus’s social media account even sent out a general statement telling haters to chill the f–k out. My guess is that there is some kind of organized hate campaign attempting to toxify the Invictus Games to the point where “everyone” will believe there’s something wrong with Invictus or something wrong with supporting Invictus. It’s bizarre. Anyway, the Biden administration has announced their delegation to Invictus. I hoped that Dr. Jill Biden would head up the delegation, but no – Pete and Chasten Buttigieg are heading up the American delegation:

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will travel to the Netherlands this week to lead a presidential delegation to the Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for wounded veterans, U.S. officials said.

Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, will be at The Hague for the event, which Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are also attending. The secretary will be in attendance for the opening ceremony and speak at a welcome event for the U.S. team.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Donald Remy will join the U.S. delegation, along with Air Force Under Secretary Gina Ortiz Jones and Rory Brosius, who runs the White House’s Joining Forces program to support military families.

Duckworth, who was a captain in the Army National Guard, lost both of her legs and partial use of her right arm when her helicopter was shot down over Iraq in 2004.

Buttigieg is expected to return to the U.S. after the games open Saturday. He will make one transportation-related stop in the Netherlands: Officials said he will visit the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest seaport, on the North Sea.

[From NBC News]

I’m not trying to cause trouble, but I really do wonder why the First Lady isn’t going. The Bidens attended the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017, as did Barack Obama. And that was just in their capacity as ex-public officials. The Trump administration sent Melania to the Toronto games, remember? It feels like a significant decline in support to send Secretary Buttigieg and his husband!

In happier news, the Ukrainian Invictus team arrived at The Hague!

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Instagram.

(200210) — WASHINGTON D.C., Feb. 10, 2020 () — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire, the United States, on Feb. 9, 2020. Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is projected to win the most delegates from Iowa Democratic caucuses that took place nearly a week ago, according the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP). (/Liu Jie),Image: 563480221, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS excluding China – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Avalon.red – sales@avalon.red London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Los Angeles: +1 (310) 822 0419 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251, Model Release: no, Credit line: Liu Jie / Avalon (200210) — WASHINGTON D.C., Feb. 10, 2020 () — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire, the United States, on Feb. 9, 2020. Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is projected to win the most delegates from Iowa Democratic caucuses that took place nearly a week ago, according the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP). (/Liu Jie),Image: 563480253, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS excluding China – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Avalon.red – sales@avalon.red London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Los Angeles: +1 (310) 822 0419 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251, Model Release: no, Credit line: Liu Jie / Avalon Barack Obama and Prince Harry attend the Invictus Games,Image: 350978842, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: , Model Release: no, Credit line: Euan Cherry / Wenn / Avalon Prince Harry attends Wheel Chair Basket Ball at the Pan AM stadium as part of the Invictus games,Image: 350984896, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: , Model Release: no, Credit line: Euan Cherry / Wenn / Avalon Britain’s Prince Harry (2nd L) and Sir Peter Westmacott (2nd R), the British Ambassador to America, talk to Dr. Jill Biden (L), the wife of U.S. Vice President Biden, during a reception for U.S. and British wounded warriors at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C., USA, 07 May 2012. The wounded soldiers participated in the Warrior Games which is an event hosted every year by the US Olympic Committee. Photo: KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL,Image: 529513116, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: NO GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND – NO 3RD PARTIES – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries call London + 44 (0)20 7421 6000 , New York + 1 646-329-6242 or Hamburg + 49 (0)40 530 240 5959, Model Release: no ORLANDO, FL – MAY 11: Prince Harry and Vice President of the United States of America Joe Biden watch USA Vs Denmark in the wheelchair rugby match at the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 11, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando for the Invictus Games 2016. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation.,Image: 530561532, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: NO UK USE FOR 48 HOURS – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Photoshot – sales@photoshot.com London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Los Angeles: +1 (310) 822 0419 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251, Model Release: no, Credit line: – / Avalon 170686, Prince Harry and former President of the United States Barack Obama at the wheelchair basketball competition on day seven of the Invictus Games in Toronto. Toronto, Canada – Friday September 29, 2017. UK, FRANCE, AUS, NZ, CHINA, HONG KONG, TAIWAN, SPAIN ITALY OUT Photograph: Ã?â??Ã?© i-Images, PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office (PCN): +1 310.822.0419 UK Office (Avalon): +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 sales@pacificcoastnews.com FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE,Image: 533202228, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS, DIRECT SALES ONLY UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE IN CAPTION – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Avalon.red – sales@avalon.red London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Los Angeles: +1 (310) 822 0419 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251 Madrid: +34 91 533 4289, Model Release: no, Credit line: i-Images, PacificCoastNews / Avalon Prince Harry, Jill Biden, and Vice President Joe Biden cheer on and applaud the medal winners for Wheelchair Rugby during the Invictus Games on May 11, 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.,Image: 563522069, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: , Model Release: no, Credit line: Vicki DiAddezio / Avalon