Just days after picking Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education, President-elect Donald Trump has tapped another wealthy outsider by naming Joaquín Guzmán, known as “El Chapo,” to head the Drug Enforcement Administration. Trump said that El Chapo’s "tremendous success in the private sector” showed that he has what it takes to “shake things up” at the D.E.A.
The Trump surrogate Kellyanne Conway said that the selection of El Chapo should surprise no one. “Mr. Trump always said that he would surround himself with the best people,” she said. “El Chapo might not have voted for Mr. Trump, but that’s because he’s Mexican and in jail.”
The appointment of the former drug kingpin is far from a done deal, however, as associates of El Chapo report that he is “concerned” that being a member of the Trump Administration would be bad for his brand.