As President Donald Trump met with foreign heads of state at the NATO conference, his Democratic rivals continued their primary tussles.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been criticized by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for private fundraisers.
Speaking to reporters in Boston last week, Warren said Buttigieg should “open up the doors so that anyone can come in and report of what’s being said.”
“Those doors shouldn’t be closed, and no one should be left to wonder what kind of promises are being made to the people that then pony up big bucks to be in the room,” she added.
Buttigieg has asked his previous employer, McKinsey & Co., to release internal documents — including his full client list — from his time at the firm. He summarized his work as assignments in Michigan, Toronto, Canada, Chicago, Connecticut, California, Afghanistan, Iraq and Washington.
In his autobiography, “Shortest Way Home,” Buttigieg wrote he left the firm questioning its mission.
“And so it may have been inevitable that one afternoon, as I set Bertha to sleep mode to go out to the hallway for a cup of coffee, I realized with overwhelming clarity the reason this could not be a career for very long: I didn’t care,” Buttigieg wrote.
Bertha was the nickname Buttigieg gave his computer at McKinsey & Co. Buttigieg worked at the firm from 2007-2010.
WHW has contacted the media relations department at McKinsey & Co. seeking comment for this column.
Meanwhile, Buttigieg and Warren are part of a field of 15 major candidates in the running for the Democratic party’s nomination. Also running are former Vice President Joe Biden — tied to Trump’s impeachment trial via Ukraine — U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, spiritual author Marianne Williamson, former housing secretary Julian Castro, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and former Maryland representative John Delaney.
The sixth DNC debate, moderated by PBS and Politico, is scheduled for Dec. 19 in Los Angeles. The debate field has yet to be announced.
Elsewhere, Trump returned from England where he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced.” His administration awaits a House Judiciary Committee vote to send impeachment proceedings to the House floor.
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