WWE mogul McMahon gets Trump Tower confab with president-elect
Linda McMahon is the latest heavy hitter to stand in Donald Trump’s receiving line of administration contenders and pretenders.
The wrestling magnate and twice unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidate scored an audience Wednesday with the president-elect at Trump Tower in Manhattan, a top source confirmed to Hearst Connecticut Media.
The sit-down fueled speculation that the WWE matriarch and Greenwich resident could be rewarded with a role in the president-elect’s administration after contributing $6 million in August and September to Rebuilding America Now, a pro-Trump super PAC.
McMahon’s spokeswoman declined to comment.
McMahon and her husband, Vince McMahon, go way back with Trump, who they first met at a Rolling Stones concert and later partnered with on WrestleMania events.
Trump could provide the elusive ticket to Washington for McMahon, who spent $100 million on consecutive Senate bids in 2010 and 2012, and fell short against Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. Blumenthal, who was elected to a second term earlier this month, welcomed the possibility of McMahon having clout in a Trump administration.
“She is obviously a successful and able person who has accomplished a lot and has much to contribute,” Blumenthal said. “So if we have her here and her voice, it’s a plus. And if she has the president’s ear, it’s even better.”
Some experts on presidential appointments have pegged McMahon as a logical choice for an ambassadorship, but the businesswoman shot that down in a statement to Hearst after the election.
“I have no interest in any ambassadorship, nor has any such offer been made,” McMahon said at the time.
McMahon’s name had also been bandied about for commerce secretary, but Trump Wednesday tapped billionaire investor Wilbur Ross for the Cabinet post.
In a recent interview with “Face the State” on WFSB Channel 3, McMahon said that while she couldn’t condone Trump’s campaign antics, they were out of character for him.
“He has a great deal of respect for women, even though you wouldn’t have known it by some of the things he said on the campaign trail, as I said, which were just totally over the top,” McMahon said.
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