WASHINGTON, D.C. President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to head the Transportation Department, a source with knowledge of the decision said on Tuesday.The source, who requested anonymity, confirmed the pick to Reuters. Chao, the wife of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, served as labor secretary under President George W. Bush and was the first Asian-American woman to hold a Cabinet position. The formal announcement was expected Tuesday afternoon.Although Trump spoke on the campaign trail about wanting to “drain the swamp” in Washington, more than half of Trump’s nine key appointments so far have been accomplished Washington insiders, such as Chao.Chao will face a number of big decisions at the agency that overseas the nation’s vehicles, airplanes, railroads, pipelines, ports and highways including how to proceed on the use of self-driving cars on U.S. roads, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and whether U.S. fuel efficiency standards should be revised.She may also take a leading role in Trump’s plans to rebuild U.S. infrastructure. Trump has called for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending over 10 years to rebuild airports, bridges and other projects, but it is unclear how much of the funding would come from the federal budget.Chao is a former U.S. deputy transportation secretary and sits on the board of Wells Fargo & Co.
COLLEGE PARK, M.D. – U.S. weather forecasters on Thursday predicted more tropical storms than normal for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which last year brought one of the deadliest recorded storm systems, killing several hundred […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. On Monday, a second U.S. appeals court, this one in San Francisco, ruled against President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people entering the United States from six countries identified by the […]
Rick Perry, Mary Fallin to talk with Trump in another day of meetings with potential cabinet leaders
NEW YORK – President-elect Donald Trump has meetings scheduled on Monday in New York with Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, and Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams, who was appointed by then-governor Mike Pence. […]