Mitch McConnell and wife Elaine Chao

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If you fell for Donald Trump’s tweet about “consequences” for individuals burning the American flag, you are a sucker. Trump was trolling the media to distract from the appointment of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (F, 40%)’s wife to the Cabinet … and even further unsavory transition news.

That’s right, former Sec. of Labor Elaine Chao will be announced as the president-elect’s choice to lead the Department of Transportation, Politico reports:

Chao met with President-elect Trump at Trump Tower last week. And that visit paid dividends for Chao, it seems.

The formal announcement will come at 1 p.m. ET today.

This is very bad news for conservatives concerned about Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure spending proposal. Sen. McConnell has worked on behalf of President Obama to shove a $305 billion highway bill through Congress, in addition to multiple other spending boondoggles.

Now, McConnell’s wife will be whispering in Trump’s ear as the head of the department that requests infrastructure funding from Congress.

With Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure boondoggle on its way, there is little reason to doubt the future Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao will endorse any pork barrel projects McConnell shoves into that bill.

Of course, Chao is not the only individual with close ties to the Republican Establishment being considered for a top job in the Trump administration.

Trump is meeting with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. (F, 45%) and Mitt Romney, considering both men to lead the State Department as secretary of state. As Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin has previously explained, Bob Corker is an unacceptable choice for that job.

Meanwhile, everybody is talking about this tweet:

So no one is paying attention to the swamp monsters infiltrating the Cabinet.


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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations: @ChrisCPandolfo