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Transport Pick Chao Gets Conservatives’ Praise, Labor Criticism

  • Trump pick Elaine Chao was labor secretary under Bush
  • Will play key role in shepherding Trump’s infrastructure plan
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Trump Picks Elaine Chao for DOT Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump has selected Elaine Chao, a former U.S. labor secretary who antagonized unions and cheered conservatives, to lead the government’s transportation policy.

Chao, 63, would become secretary of the Transportation Department in Trump’s Cabinet if confirmed by the Senate. In that post she would lead a $1 trillion infrastructure plan promised by the Trump administration to build highways, bridges and other projects.