Trump chooses Elaine L. Chao to be transportation secretary, Rep. Tom Price for Health and Human Services

November 29, 2016


President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Bush administration official Elaine Chao as his transportation secretary, a position that will take on outsized importance with Trump’s plan to spend billions rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, a person with knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.

Chao, a former labor secretary and the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would oversee the massive program Trump is planning to rebuild bridges, roads and other infrastructure. Trump’s campaign has said he wants to spend up to $1 trillion, though the specifics are unclear, as is whether congressional Republicans would support the initiative.

Chao served as labor secretary during President George W. Bush’s entire eight-year administration and was the first Asian American Cabinet member in U.S. history. If confirmed by the Senate, she would add diversity to a Trump inner circle initially criticized as consisting of mostly older white men.

Transition team officials would not comment on Chao, though senior Trump communications adviser Jason Miller told Fox Business Network on Tuesday that Trump’s transportation secretary nominee would come later in the day. The news of Chao’s nomination was first reported by Politico.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    Elaine Chao is a class act. She will be a valuable asset to the Trump administration. She has enough experience in Washington that she should be able to get a large amount of his transportation initiatives through Congress.

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  • cathylovesyou says:

    Two excellent picks today so far, hope he doesn’t Romney, but he is meeting and having dinner with him on the second interview makes me believe Romney will get the job. Romney won’t be welcome in the camp regardless of showing it or not. Romney is a traitor and a malcontent, his true colors came out during the recent campaign and I am not sure everyone saw them.

    1. Sam says:

      I see a negative in the selection of Ms. Chao….she’s married to McConnell who is no friend of ours. He will not listen to the citizens who want term limits. He has been heard to state “term limits will never reach the floor;.”

      1. Rodney Steward says:

        Why don’t she go by McConnell, this kinda makes me sick too, I don’t trust any slant eyes, to many have ripped this country off! McConnell totally sucks!

      2. cathylovesyou says:

        I hope the voters in Kentucky watch him and if does hold up bring term limits to the floor they should give him his term no limits.

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