Wilbur Ross

Last of Trump Nominees With Russian Ties Set to Sail Through Confirmation
Vote on Commerce secretary-designee Wilbur Ross comes amid new questions

Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross is expected to sail through a Senate confirmation vote Monday, in spite of questions about his business ties to influential Russians. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross was a top shareholder in a Cypriot bank with deep Russian ties when he met with the principal Russian investor. 

That meeting lasted only an hour, according to a cursory account Ross provided to the Senate. What he discussed during the encounter and the identity of the investor are among a number of unanswered questions about Ross’ potential connections to influential Russian figures as he awaits a vote on his confirmation Monday.

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Trump Taps Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary
Billionaire investor is a frequent critic of free trade agreements

Wilbur Ross, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Commerce Secretary, wears a “Make America Great Again” hat as he speaks to reporters at Trump Tower on Tuesday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would nominate billionaire investor Wilbur Ross to be his secretary of Commerce. 

Like Trump, Ross is a frequent critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement and has blamed it for jobs going to Mexico.