Elaine Lan Chao is the United States Secretary of Transportation who assumed her office on January 31, 2017. A member of the Republican Party, Chao was previously Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009.

BornMarch 26, 1953 (age 66 years), Taipei, Taiwan
AmericanSpouseMitch McConnell (m. 1993)
PartyRepublican Party
Mount Holyoke College (1975), Columbia University
ParentsJames S.C. Chao, Ruth Mulan Chu Chao

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is under scrutiny following reports of her plans to make travel arrangements for family members during an official trip to China in 2017, according to The New York Times.   A redacted email from a US embassy official was obtained by The Times and detailed "ethics questions" raised by some in the embassy. 

Chao's plans, which included travel arrangements for at least one family member and would have allowed relatives to attend official meetings, were eventually shelved following ethics concerns and an investigation led by The Times. 

"This was alarmingly inappropriate," former State Department Beijing deputy chief of Mission China David Rank told The Times.  Chao's family reportedly has strong ties to China, where they conduct a significant amount of business through their US-based shipping company, Foremost Group. The company reportedly received hundreds of millions of dollar of loan commitments from a bank affiliated with the Chinese government. 

A Transportation Department spokesperson said Chao's actions were not related to her family's business, The Times reported.   Chao, whose duties include overseeing the US shipping industry amid the ongoing trade war with China, is reportedly not involved in Foremost Group's day-to-day business, and has not worked for the company in decades. 

However, her family contributed over $1 million to the re-election campaign of her husband, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's, The Times reported.   Read more: China has made its trade war demands ahead of the G20 summit: tariffs have not 'made America great again'

Chao's sister, Angela, is the CEO of Foremost Group. Chao's father, James, is the founder and now serves as an honorary chairman.  James, a Chinese native and longtime New York resident, was recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as someone who made “outstanding achievements” as a naturalized US citizen in 2008. 

Angela, who was born in the US, graduated from Harvard Business School and previously worked at the mergers and acquisitions department of what is now Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, according to her biography. She served on various executive boards for Chinese holding companies and groups associated with the Chinese government, The Times said. 

Angela denied that her company's interests were centered on China: "We are an international shipping company, and I'm an American," Angela said to The Times.  "I don't think that, if I didn't have a Chinese face, there would be any of this focus on China," she added. 

The Transportation Department relayed a statement from Chao to The Times. 

"My parents and I came to America armed only with deep faith in the basic kindness and goodness of this country and the opportunities it offers," Chao said in the statement. "My family are patriotic Americans who have led purpose-driven lives and contributed much to this country. They embody the American dream, and my parents inspired all their daughters to give back to this country we love." 

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested Chao was another example in the numerous claims of nepotism within the Trump administration. Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner were picked to serve as senior advisers in the White House shortly after he became elected. 

"Seems like Trump's Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, has been caught trying to use her position to enrich her family's shipping company," Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. "Her husband has lots of sway in US laws, too: Mitch McConnell." 

“At this point it might be easier to ask where in this admin there *isn't* corruption," she added. 



The country’s infrastructure "will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people back to work as we rebuild it", he said in his victory speech in November.  Has repeated his vow to spend big on the country’s roads, rail and airports, but as yet, there is no sign of action.

Donald Trump ran for president as an economic populist. This fact has been largely forgotten, buried by the flurry of bizarre and outrageous actions, and activists on both sides have had little reason to bring it up. 

His Cabinet was all a bunch of bullshit, and another series of T-RUMP lies and not much more that Cabinet Secretary Elaine Chao can do about it...  even though she is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch “ Donalds Bitch” McConnell... she is like McMahon on Business Development and Betsy ‘Brainless” DeVos on  “Lack of Education”   another pawn in the game.

McConnell is the leader of the Senate which used to be a political party and recently has become a three stooges road event.  The party calling the shots is Donald Trump.  Mitch who became a eunuch when Trump took office does what the boss tells him and Elaine Chao can’t do anything about it, so just write off infrastructure as something Republican-nots talk about but wouldn’t walk on any of the current bridges, even those under construction collapsing.  SEE PHOTO.

One outcome that seemed foreseeable was the passage of a major infrastructure law.  Democrats had long favored such a measure, and Republicans, who had blocked it largely to deny a victory to President Obama, no longer had any such incentive to deny it

The opposition was eager, or perhaps simply obligated by the pretense of bipartisanship, to cooperate. “As President-elect Trump indicated last night, investing in infrastructure is an important priority of his.

Trump promised during the campaign that he would not only work with Democrats but that he would outdo Hillary Clinton’s infrastructure proposals. “Her number is a fraction of what we’re talking about. We need much more money to rebuild our infrastructure,” he announced on the Fox Business Network in 2016. “I would say at least double her numbers, and you’re going to really need a lot more than that.” 

After the election, Steve Bannon told Michael Wolff — who, at the time, appeared to be jostling for a role as court stenographer — that Trump’s infrastructure initiative would leave a massive imprint upon the physical and political landscape:

I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Shipyards, ironworks, get them all jacked up. We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.

As it turned out, we have reprised much of the excitement of the 1930s — presidents demanding the imprisonment of journalists and members of the opposing party, Nazis holding torchlight parades — but no infrastructure bill has materialized. After months of inaction, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today, “I don’t know that there will be one by the end of the year.” And so the once-fabled infrastructure bill has died a quiet death. Just like the minds of the TRUMP supporters, a slow death by a thousand cuts in promises...