At first sight she may appear to not be a swamp-dweller giving the appearnace that Trump is draining the swamp by not picking establishment insiders.
But, and to my surprise, World Net Daily has skewered Chao.
And her connections to China should raise a lot more questions about the Trump family's dealing with China.
So, who is Elaine Chao?
Elaine Chao is not exactly the kind of Cabinet pick you would expect from outsider Donald Trump.
The Bush administration retread has deep ties to the anti-coal Bloomberg Foundation, is married to big-time Trans-Pacific Partnership supporter and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and has deep business and political links to China.
And that’s just the beginning of her resume.
[source : Trump shocker! Who is Elaine Chao?, World Net Daily, http://www.wnd.com/2016/11/trump-shocker-who-is-elaine-chao/, 30th November 2016]
The article then goes into some detail about Chao, McConnell and China.
Chao's father is James S C Chao.
James S.C. Chao is the founder of New York-based Foremost Maritime Corp., which ships goods to China and also buys ships from the China State Shipbuilding Corporation. Chao’s ties to former Chinese President Jiang Zemin run deep. The two were classmates at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and have kept in touch ever since.
lobbied for normalized trade with China and has downplayed concerns about China’s growing military threat, espionage campaigns in the U.S. and human rights abuses.
Here is how China works:
Wu, a Hoover Institution fellow, criticizes Chao for glossing over the fact that China is still run by communist hard-liners who pump proceeds from U.S. trade back into military front companies run by a privileged class. A prominent human-rights activist, Wu spent about two decades in Chinese prisons for his political views.
Now, recall that both Donald and his daughter Ivanka, and despite Trump ranting against trade deals with China, exploit those trade deals with China and have had their clothing and accessories manufactured in China for at least a decade!!
While at Heritage, Elaine Chao had someone fired for raising concern over Chinese espionage:
When she [Chao] served the conservative Heritage Foundation as Asian studies adviser, a military analyst who sounded warnings about Chinese threats to U.S. security was shown the door, WND reported at the time. Chao served at Heritage beginning in 1996 before leaving to become Bush’s labor secretary in 2001. While at Heritage, the think tank opened an office in Hong Kong.
...“Elaine Chao was part of the deal that got Rick Fisher fired from Heritage,” a congressional aide who worked with him on China matters told WND. “She pushed him out not because of free-trade issues, but because he raised national security concerns over China.”
A Heritage insider agreed: “She was not supportive of any of his writings on the Chinese military.”
Then there is this bombshell: Elaine Chao was funded by Maurice Greenberg (AIG, Bilderberg, CFR, Trilateral Commission)!!
One of her [Chao's] patrons was Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, a pro-China lobbyist whose insurance company does business in China. During a Heritage debate over normalizing trade with China, Greenberg protested a Heritage paper by analyst Stephen J. Yates. It suggested Congress postpone the vote on the trade bill to consider adding national security measures, such as tightening controls on exports with military applications.
After Greenberg threatened to cut off funding, Heritage issued a new report: “How Trade with China Benefits Americans,” which was co-authored by Fisher’s replacement, Larry M. Wortzel, at the Asian Studies Center. The May 5, 2000, report buried concerns about China’s defense buildup and its hunger for military-related exports.
Greenberg, chairman and chief executive of New York-based American International Group, gave Heritage $180,000 in 1998 and at least $100,000 a year for more than a decade through his Starr Foundation.
...AIG, with offices in Shanghai, is a major client of Henry A. Kissinger, who has gotten rich as a paid consultant for U.S. companies seeking greater access to China.
“Hank Greenberg is Kissinger’s money bags,” said the Hill aide, who asked not to be named.
McConnell and Greenberg also appear to be close.
It is a cracking article on Chao, a very pleasant surprise to find on the very pro-Zionist and pro-Trump World Net Daily.
But I ask: if WND is so concerned about Chao and China then why has it not raised any questions about why Donald and Ivanka have their clothing and accessories manufactured in China when they could easily be made in America?