President-elect Donald Trump's transition team announced Wednesday that the incoming president was offering the head seat of the Small Business Administration to long-time friend and supporter Linda McMahon, the World Wrestling Entertainment magnate.
She happily accepted:
Honored to be appointed by President-Elect @realDonaldTrump to serve as head of @SBAgov advocating for our small businesses & entrepreneurs!— Linda McMahon (@Linda McMahon) 1481145959.0
Trump praised her in his statement about the appointment, saying, "Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives advising businesses around the globe." McMahon ran an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut in 2010.
But some might question the conflicts of interest here as McMahon and her husband were among the largest donors to the Trump Foundation.
The owners of World Wrestling Entertainment, and long time friends with Trump, have donated $5 million over the last ten years, by far more than anybody else. In fact the $5 million that the McMahons donated to the Trump foundation, came after Trump’s appearance at WrestleMania 23 in 2007.
The McMahons also dug deep into their pockets to contribute $6 million to a pro-Trump super PAC, adding yet another question on the promise from Trump to take away the power of government from the wealthy. Even after criticizing him for comments widely criticized as sexist, McMahon said she still supported his presidential bid adding, "Once you're his friend, he is loyal to the end. He's an incredibly loyal, loyal friend.”