Menendez: No Latinos in Trump’s Cabinet Adds Insult to Injury

Menendez: No Latinos in Trump’s Cabinet Adds Insult to Injury

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, the most senior Latino in the United States Senate and Chair of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, issued the following statement on President-elect Trump’s decision to exclude Latinos and Latinas from his cabinet. Every president since Ronald Reagan has continuously appointed Hispanics to cabinet or cabinet-ranked positions to advise and help him make critical policy decisions that impact the American people.

“The shameful lack of diversity in the incoming administration’s Presidential Cabinet was as predictable as it was avoidable. After a campaign jam-packed with attacks against the Latino community, the fact that President-elect Trump failed to put forward one single Hispanic American as part of his cabinet simply adds insult to injury.

“While Mr. Trump’s rhetoric was unequivocally rejected by an historic majority of Latino voters on election day, there is simply no excuse that out of 55.7 million Latino men and women – most of us born right here in the United States and with a plethora of beliefs applicable across the entire political spectrum – not one has a role to play under his schema to make America great. Latinos are the largest ethnic-minority in our country. There are more Hispanic Americans than Wall Street bankers, big oil executives and alt-right leaders combined, and yet that reality will not be reflected in those who advise the President of the United States.

“Trump Tower must not forget that Americans also elected the highest number of Latinos and Latinas to ever serve in Congress this past election.  It would be wise for the incoming administration to take heed of this fact and make our executive branch more reflective of our country.

“Having spent my entire career fighting to encourage greater inclusion of women and people of color at the highest levels of both the private and public sectors, I challenge the incoming President to take his own election-night advice about ‘healing the wounds of division’ and demonstrate goodwill towards our community by taking concrete actions that don’t demonize, delegitimize or omit the role Latinos will continue to play in shaping our nation’s history.”