Donald Trump's Latest Cabinet Pick, Linda McMahon, Packs A Punch
On Wednesday morning it was reported that President-elect Donald Trump tapped Linda McMahon, former pro-wrestling executive, to head the Small Business Administration, according to Reuters. McMahon met with the president-elect in Trump Tower on Wednesday, stoking predictions that Trump would put the former head of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in his administration. Incidentally, Trump is a WWE Hall of Fame member, reported Reuters.
Donald Trump's transition team shared a press release on the nomination of McMahon to serve as head of the Small Business Administration. In it, Trump stated:
Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives advising businesses around the globe. She helped grow WWE from a modest 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide. Linda is going to be a phenomenal leader and champion for small businesses and unleash America's entrepreneurial spirit all across the country.
In addition to her WWE experience, McMahon ran for U.S. Senator of Connecticut in 2010.
The Washington Post reported in October that McMahon had donated $6 million to a Trump super PAC. It also reported that from 2007 to 2009, she and her husband, Vince, gave $5 million to Trump's charity.
However, McMahon also criticized Trump's behavior towards women as "deplorable." She told Katie Couric in March of this year that, “Those [comments about women] were just over the top; they were deplorable, objectionable absolutely." She added during the interview that Trump is "not helping, certainly, to put women in the best light. Maybe he regrets them, maybe he doesn’t. I realize he punches hard when he punches back, but that’s just over the top. I wish that no candidate would make those comments.”
However, during the same interview, McMahon stood by supporting Trump. "He really is a vessel of this angst and unrest in this country. He said it straight out, didn’t worry about being politically correct. " McMahon added, "I think Donald has proven himself in a lot of areas to be an astute businessman.… I think that he will hire good people for advice." Now, McMahon just might be one of them.