As President-elect Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, he has received both praise and criticism for his cabinet appointments.
Trump has received plaudits across the partisan spectrum for appointing retired Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to lead the Defense Department, while similarly being criticized by liberals for appointing Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as his attorney general.
Now the next president has appointed his head of the Small Business Administration. While it’s unclear how people will react, it will generate plenty of buzz.
Trump appointed Linda McMahon, 68, a co-founder and former CEO of WWE, who also ran unsuccessfully for US Senate in 2010, to head the SBA.
The SBA, which has at least one office in every U.S. state, provides support to small businesses such as by extending loans and making sure they get a percentage of federal contracts.
Trump said McMahon had helped the WWE grow from a 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees worldwide. Trump is a WWE Hall of Fame member.
If confirmed by the Senate, McMahon would join a Trump economic team that includes Wall Street executives Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Department and Wilbur Ross at Commerce.
“Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives advising businesses around the globe,” Trump said in the announcement.
McMahon said her goal as the SBA chief would be to promote small businesses and help them grow and thrive.
McMahon tweeted this out after the announcement:
— Linda McMahon (@Linda_McMahon) December 7, 2016
Her husband, WWE CEO and chairman Vince McMahon extended his congratulations:
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) December 7, 2016
The GIFs started to pour in shortly thereafter:
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 7, 2016
Don't stand in the way of small business growth. Linda McMahon knows what to do: pic.twitter.com/MQQhpTUegS
— Robert Harding (@RobertHarding) December 7, 2016
Senator: I will vote against Linda McMahon.
Linda McMahon: … pic.twitter.com/vah2aszMsZ
— Andrew Kugle (@AndrewJKugle) December 7, 2016
— Shahed Amanullah (@shahed) December 7, 2016
This one wasn’t positive, but many conservatives hope this is what will happen to regulations:
This the new head of small business under Trump
— Papi HATHAWAY (@HeadcACE1906) December 7, 2016