Companies tell Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao it’s ‘too early’ to get a job because she worked as Trump’s transportation secretary
- Corporate America has disapproved former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
- Headhunters told The Washington Post that Chao has been told it is ‘too early’ to rejoin prestigious board of directors after serving in the Trump administration
- Top executives fear backlash if they attract people who have served under the last president
- Even Chao’s decision to quit after the January 6 MAGA riot, or the fact that she is married to GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, has not helped her case.
Former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is frowned upon by corporate America, headhunters told The Washington Post, and was told it’s “too early” to come back after serving in the Trump administration.
Corporate America has disapproved of Elaine Chao, former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Transportation, telling her that it is “too early” to join prestigious boards of directors.
Mitch McConnell’s wife is one of many Trump cabinet officials struggling to find a job after leaving the White House, even when publicly separated from their old boss.
The Washington Post reported on Wednesday’s development, citing several unnamed headhunters. Top executives, The Post reported, feared backlash for bringing in individuals from Trumpworld.
And even Chao’s decision to quit after January 6 – or the fact that she’s married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has also parted ways with Trump – seemingly hasn’t improved her outlook.
Chao was the first female Asian-American cabinet secretary when she became President George W. Bush’s Secretary of Labor in 2001.
After the Bush years, she was invited to serve in Dole Foods, Protective Life and Wells Fargo, among others, The Post reported.
Chao returned to government and served as the one and only Secretary of Transportation until January 7, the day after the Capitol uprising.
Elaine Chao (right) stands next to President Trump (center right), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (center left) and Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn (left) in 2017. Headhunters have tried to get Chao on the boards and in get to the harbor it was successful
Elaine Chao (right) is married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), who also broke with former President Donald Trump over his decision to run in the election. She quit the job of Transport Secretary a day after the uprising at the Capitol
Our country experienced a traumatic and completely avoidable event when supporters of the president stormed the Capitol after a meeting he addressed. As I’m sure it has with many of you, it has tormented me deeply in a way that I just can’t put aside, ” Chao wrote in her letter of resignation.
She was the first cabinet official to retire after the uprising.
A source close to Chao opposed the idea that she had been blocked from rejoining corporate America.
“She is evaluating a number of invitations to join different boards of directors, while also helping former colleagues land,” the source told The Post. “She is interested in emerging economics companies, has already taken on board positions and is currently in various stages of closing agreements with them and others.”
Chao declined to comment on The Post.
While only a handful of people sit in a president’s cabinet, making comparisons difficult, the paper pointed out that four former Bush officials had already joined its boards in April 2009.
Zero Trump cabinet officials have been named as new or prospective board members for the S&P 500 companies that have already filed 2021 investor disclosure reports.
About half of those reports have been submitted.
Elaine Chao was the first cabinet official to step down after the January 6 MAGA attack on the Capitol, calling it a “ traumatic and completely avoidable event. ”