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Trump's Latest Cabinet Pick: WWE Co-Founder

Linda McMahon to head Small Business Administration
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2016 7:11 AM CST

(Newser) – As though to remind us that he'll be the first US president in the WWE Hall of Fame, Donald Trump has chosen WWE co-founder Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration. After stepping down from the WWE in 2009, McMahon, 68, ran twice for the Senate as a Republican in 2010 and 2012, but lost on both occasions, reports CNN. During those campaigns, McMahon supported a lower corporate tax rate and a reduction in regulations, per CNBC. Trump has promised to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, and ease regulations. McMahon now runs mentoring company Women's Leadership Live, per Politico.

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In announcing his decision, Trump described McMahon as "one of the country's top female executives advising businesses around the globe" who "helped grow WWE from a modest 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide." She will be a "champion for small businesses and unleash America's entrepreneurial spirit all across the country," Trump adds. In a tweet, McMahon—who criticized Trump for his comments about women before donating $6 million to a pro-Trump super PAC in August and September—says she is "honored" by the appointment, which requires Senate approval. (Read more Linda McMahon stories.)

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