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
Trump's Latest Cabinet Pick: WWE Co-Founder
Linda McMahon talks with reporters after a meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Nov. 30.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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.

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. (More Linda McMahon stories.)

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