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With Selection of Sonny Perdue as Ag Secretary, Trump Cabinet Will be First Since 1988 With No Hispanics

Last night, President-elect Donald Trump finally filled the last remaining spot for his Cabinet when he chose former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as Secretary of Agriculture.

According to the Dallas News, this would be the first Cabinet to not have at least one Hispanic member since 1988, when Ronald Reagan chose the first Latino, Laura Cavazos, to be his Secretary of Education. Ever since then, every president has had a Hispanic Cabinet member throughout.

Over the past few weeks, it had been reported that the Trump transition team was considering a handful of Hispanics for the position. However, in the end, they decided on Perdue to round out the Trump Cabinet.

Hector Sanchez of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda told the Dallas News that it was “anti-democratic” while hammering Trump.

“Trump has not only been the most anti-Latino, anti-immigrant president in the history of the nation. By not including Latinos in the Cabinet he is just showing how he is planning to govern,” Sanchez said, noting that Latinos now account for 17 percent of the U.S. population.

In terms of diversity, Trump can point to Ben Carson, who is black, as his Secretary of HUD, Indian-American Nikki Haley as UN ambassador and Taiwanese-American Elaine Chao, who he’s chosen the head the Department of Transportation.

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