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Elaine Lan Chao (born March 26, 1953) is an American businesswoman and politician. A member of the Republican Party, Chao served as Secretary of Transportation in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2021, and as Secretary of Labor in the Bush administration from 2001 to 2009.
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- The President-elect has outlined a clear vision to transform our country’s infrastructure, accelerate economic growth and productivity, and create good paying jobs across the country. I am honored to be nominated by the President-elect to serve my beloved country as Transportation Secretary.
- When I was young, some people deliberately misspelled or mispronounced my name. Asian Americans have worked hard to change that experience for the next generation [...] He doesn’t seem to understand that, which says a whole lot more about him than it will ever say about Asian Americans.
- Cited by Meridith McGraw in "The private angst over Donald Trump’s racist attacks on Elaine Chao goes public" Politico (25 January 2023)
- Responding to racist comments from Donald Trump
Quotes about Elaine Chao
- Seems like Trump’s DOT Secretary, Elaine Chao,has been caught trying to use her position to enrich her family’s shipping company. 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.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Twitter Post, (June 3, 2019)
- Secretary Chao’s extensive record of strong leadership and her expertise are invaluable assets in our mission to rebuild our infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner. She has an amazing life story and has helped countless Americans in her public service career. I am pleased to nominate Elaine as Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
- He has a DEATH WISH. Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!
- Donald Trump, "‘Coco Chow’ and the Spirit of Now". National Review. October 3, 2022.
- Everyone despises [McConnell] and his otherwise lovely wife, Coco Chow!
- Donald Trump, reported in Dorn, Sara (November 13, 2022). Trump Attacks McConnell For Republican Midterm Losses In Latest Push For GOP Leader’s Ouster. Forbes.