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Mitch McConnell, the US Senate Majority Leader, and Elaine Chao, the Secretary of Transportation, met through a mutual friend in the early 1990s. Not long after that, they wed — on Ronald Reagan’s birthday.
Together, they’re one of the most powerful couples on the US political scene.
A forthcoming book by the conservative journalist Peter Schweizer argues that McConnell and Chao may have softened their stance on China because that’s where Chao’s family does business — and where most of the couple’s wealth comes from.
Here are the highlights of McConnell and Chao’s relationship as Republican royalty: