Donald Trump 'considering making former WWE boss Linda McMahon his new business tsar'

Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon is considered for Donald Trump's secretary of commerce

Linda McMahon

Monday, November 14, 2016

Donald Trump's transition team are considering former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon for the role of secretary of commerce, according to new reports.

On Sunday NBC Connecticut claimed McMahon, a two-time Republican Senate candidate, could possibly be appointed, citing sources close to both her and Trump’s transition staff.

The McMahon family have been friends with Trump for some time and hosted multiple events for Republican governor Chris Christie during the Republican Presidential primaries. 

McMahon ran the heavily choreographed WWE (formerly the World Wrestling Federation, or WWF) for several years alongside her husband Vince, who also appeared in matches, playing himself. Their children Shane and Stephanie were also given key administrative roles as well as playing characters of their own.

During the McMahons' ownership WWE grew into one of the world's biggest entertainment companies but was dogged by allegations of sexism and steroid abuse as well as the deaths of several former wrestlers.

Mr Trump himself appeared on a WWE show, brawling with Vince McMahon in an episode which returned to international attention during his successful presidential campaign.

Trump announced his transition team on Friday and appointed Mike Pence as the head. He also announced Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor.