On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump selected former WWE CEO and President Linda McMahon to be the head of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She is the wife of WWE owner Vince McMahon, and unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 2010 and 2012.
Trump has a close connection with the WWE and the McMahon family. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 after hosting two Wrestlemania events at Trump Plaza and appearing in four other Wrestlemanias. He even at one point “purchased” WWE’s weekly Monday night show Raw as part of a storyline.
The SBA lists its mission on its website as:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.