Donald Trump's latest cabinet picks: Steven Mnuchin's connection to Hollywood and what Elaine Chao can mean for California
What Donald Trump's Secretary of Transportation selection can mean for California. Also, the possible Treasury Secretary's connection to tinsel town.
President-elect Donald Trump continues to pick key members of his Cabinet and one of the latest names to come forward has a lot of connections to Southern California. Steven Mnuchin led Trump's financial operations during the presidential campaign. Now, he's Trump's choice for Treasury Secretary.
While he has no experience in government, he has a lengthy resume on Wall Street...and in Hollywood. Mnuchin is listed as a producer on more than two dozen films, including "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Suicide Squad."
Early Wednesday, at Trump Tower, Mnuchin told reporters that his experience will be a big plus in Washington D.C.:
"What I've really been focused on is being a regional banker for the last eight years and I know what it takes to make sure that we can make loans to small and mid-market companies and that's gonna be our big focus: making sure we scale back regulation so that we make sure the banks are lending."
For more on his track record here in tinsel town, Alex Cohen spoke with Rebecca Keegan who covers Hollywood for Vanity Fair.
And for a look at another cabinet appointment... Elaine Chao, Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of Transportation.
Unlike Steven Mnuchin, Chao has plenty of experience in Washington. She was Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush and Deputy Secretary of Transportation when his father was president. Chao is also married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
For more on how Elaine Chao might influence how we come and go here in California if confirmed, Alex Cohen spoke with Jim Moore - he's director of USC's Transportation Engineering Program.
To hear both interviews, click the blue play button above.
Correction: An earlier version of this audio had the guests name wrong. It is Jim Moore. We apologize for the error.