Trump reportedly chooses businessman Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary

Wilbur Ross.
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Donald Trump is planning to name businessman Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary, a transition official told The Wall Street Journal Tuesday.

Ross is a longtime ally of Trump's — when bondholders were angry over a possible missed payment by Trump's Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City and discussed seizing control of it, Ross said the property was worth more with Trump still around, and helped put together a plan that kept him in charge. In 2001, Ross purchased several troubled steel companies in the Rust Belt, and after cutting jobs and pensions and making new deals with unions, the mills got back on their feet and he ultimately sold them for a profit.

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