Elaine Chao dubs Donald Trump efforts on deregulation, cutting taxes ‘spectacular’ in speech to Florida TaxWatch

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao praised the work of the Donald Trump administration in a speech to Florida TaxWatch Monday night.

Chao was in Palm Beach to close out day one of the Florida TaxWatch 40th annual meeting. Chao was introduced by former Gov. Bob Martinez, who served the state from 1987 until 1991.

“This is someone that I first had the privilege of meeting back in ’91-’92 when we both served President George H.W. Bush,” Martinez said of Chao.

“We’re here tonight to listen to what I think is one of the finest Transportation Secretaries we’ve ever had.”

Chao, who is married to U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was appointed by President Trump to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation.

She began the speech touting some of the Trump administration’s overall work cutting taxes and regulations.

“The results have been spectacular,” Chao said, before making a unique argument regarding deregulation.

“When we get rid of unnecessary, burdensome regulations, that helps safety because we’re focused on what’s really important.”

Chao says her department is focused on following Trump’s efforts to reduce federal regulations and help cut the budget.

“Under this administration, regulatory costs —

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