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Trump names Chinese immigrant Chao to post

dpadpa 6 days ago

US president-elect Donald Trump has nominated Elaine Chao to head the country's Department of Transportation.

Donald Trump has named former labour secretary Elaine Chao to head the US Department of Transportation in his new administration, as the country's president-elect continues to fill cabinet posts.

A former labour secretary, the Taiwan-born Chao, is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The upper chamber must approve all cabinet secretaries and other high-ranking political appointees.

Chao was a schoolgirl when her family moved to New York, where her father founded a maritime shipping company. She worked in banking before starting a government career.

The 63-year-old was previously chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission, deputy transportation secretary and Peace Corps director under presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. She headed the Labor Department (2001-2009) for the entire presidency of George W Bush.

Trump said Chao's leadership and expertise are "invaluable assets in our mission to rebuild our infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner".

Chao praised Trump's "clear vision to transform our country's infrastructure, accelerate economic growth and productivity, and create good paying jobs".

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