In at least a dozen Chinese-language interviews since her nomination, Elaine Chao has appeared beside her shipping magnate father—whose company carries goods between the U.S. and Asia—with the Dept. of Transportation logo behind them. https://t.co/PuOUhvREzu
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 7, 2018
As NYMag describes it:
While other Trump Cabinet officials have been in the news constantly for all sorts of ethical violations, we’ve barely heard anything about Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. She drew attention most recently for two issues that involved no wrongdoing on her part: her revelation that the president personally asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to block funding for a New York infrastructure project, and being subjected to racist attacks from a Republican candidate in West Virginia who doesn’t care for her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
So is Chao the rare Trump official who’s doing her job and not abusing her office in any way? Apparently not. Politico reported on Sunday that since her nomination, she’s appeared in at least a dozen interviews with her father James Chao, the founder and chairman of the Foremost Group shipping company, which carries goods between Asia and the U.S. All of the interviews are with Chinese and Chinese-American media outlets, and the secretary is otherwise press shy; she’s never held a press conference for beat reporters and usually refuses to answer reporters’ questions after public events.
Federal employees are prohibited from using their office for their “own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.” But Chao makes no apparent effort to show she’s promoting her family’s business only as a daughter, not as U.S. Transportation secretary, and in fact, it appears several of the videos were filmed in her government office. DOT flags are shown in several of the spots… and one video features the state flag of Kentucky, highlighting her tie to the majority leader…
Thing is, there’ve been ‘questions raised’ about Chao’s family’s Taiwanese / PRC connections going back at least to Mitch McConnell’s last Senate race (the Foremost Group has, IIRC, always provided a big chunk of his campaign funding), so why are these comparatively anodyne videos suddenly news?…
I hear from reliable sources that Sen McConnell has been answering his phone "Cocaine Mitch." @jmartNYT reports that it was Sen McConnell who prodded Pres Trump to weigh in on WV primary. https://t.co/yo5F18708j
— carl hulse (@hillhulse) May 7, 2018
Oh. Well, Tuesday night’s WV primary results are gonna be interesting.
But, apart from that, where’s that famous “Senatorial collegiality” that the Media Village Idiots love to laud? Why aren’t his fellow Republicans standing up to defend their Majority Leader?
It’s almost as though Mitch doesn’t have any friends — just co-conspirators.
Gosh, imagine how hard it will be for him, should the upcoming Blue Wave reduce him to a mere Minority ‘leader’…