Linda McMahon will be administrator of the Small Business Administration

The founder of the WWE wrestling franchise has been chosen by Donald Trump as the leader of the Small Business Administration – the federal department in charge of providing small businesses with loans and support.

Linda McMahon, 68, is one of only a handful of people who can come close to Mr Trump on spending to win a federal position.

She ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in Connecticut twice, in 2010 and 2012, and spent $100 million in the process – outspending Ross Perot’s two presidential bids, which cost him $72 million.

During her 2012 campaign Mrs McMahon used rhetoric remarkably similar to that adopted by Mr Trump four years later.

“In the Senate I will owe you, not the special interests who corrupt so many career politicians from Hartford to Washington,” she said, in one of her campaign ads.

Her then-campaign manager, Corry Bliss, told The New York Times that her spending was not an issue for voters – again, foreshadowing Mr Trump’s team’s words.

“The most important issue in this race is who has a plan to create jobs,” he said. “That’s what people care about.”

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