Elaine Chao picked by Trump to head transport department

Elaine Chao, the daughter of shipping magnate James Chao, is being lined up by president-elect Donald Trump to head up the transportation department in January.

Elaine Chao was the labour secretary in the George W Bush administration. She is married to Republican senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

Chao will be tasked with a big transport infrastructure build up, not least across America’s ports.

Chao’s father, James, is the founder of Foremost Group.

In other shipping-related Trump appointees, Wilbur Ross, one of the most aggressive private equity investors in shipping, has been picked as commerce secretary.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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