He said he’d ‘absolutely’ have Hispanic people in his cabinet. He has zero.
With the selection of former Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA) to be Agriculture Secretary, Trump’s will have zero Hispanic cabinet secretaries. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Candidate Donald Trump assured voters last August they could always trust him to keep his word. “In this journey, I will never lie to you. I will never tell you something I do not believe.” Contrasting himself to his opponent, he lamented “sometimes I can be too honest.”
But President-elect Donald Trump, a day before taking the oath of office, has already broken a key campaign pledge.
In an April 2016 on-the-record telephone interview with Newsday’s editorial board, Trump made it clear that he would have a diverse cabinet that would “look like America.”
Rita Ciolli, editorial page editor, asked him point-blank. “We’re trying to get a sense, would your cabinet look like America? Will there be women in there, blacks and Hispanics?”
“Oh absolutely,” Trump replied. “It’s so important.”
But Trump, who claimed to “love Hispanics,” said he has a “great relationship with the blacks [sic],” and boasted of hiring “tremendous numbers of women” in high ranking positions, has created a cabinet just two women, one African American, and zero Hispanics. Two more women have also been tapped for positions that are considered “cabinet level.”
On Wednesday, NBC News reported that Trump transition officials say former Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA) is Trump’s choice to be secretary of agriculture. Perdue, a non-Hispanic white male, would fill the final untapped position in Trump’s initial cabinet.
Though white men make up just about 31 percent of Americans, if the senate confirms all of Trump’s choices, his cabinet would include white males in charge of the departments of state, treasury, defense, justice, interior, agriculture, commerce, labor, health, energy, veterans affairs, and homeland security. By contrast, President Obama’s initial cabinet won praise as the “most diverse in history.”