Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s receipt of inheritance in 2008 not a story

March 20, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in strong support of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao:

“I have great respect for the work of Peter Schweizer, but he misses the mark badly in his mischaracterization of family money then Labor Secretary Elaine Chao received in 2008.  Anyone who worked with her at that time was aware that her mother was gravely ill. Unfortunately, when she passed, her estate was dispersed and the Secretary received some portion of that money.

“Any attempt to characterize this as anything but a normal generational transfer of wealth is misguided. And as anyone who has lost a parent will attest, any inheritance is small compared to the hole in your heart left by the loss.

“Secretary Chao’s story encapsulates the American dream. Her father fled Communist China and as he gained the means brought his wife and children to America from Taiwan over time. The Secretary has spent her life in public service and has made a true difference for our nation. It was a great honor for me to serve under her leadership at the Department of Labor in the Bush administration, and Mr. Schweizer owes her an apology for miscasting the inheritance she received during this trying time in her life.”

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