January 19, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Nominating Zero Latinos for Cabinet Positions

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on reports that President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet will not include a Latino for the first time since the Reagan Administration in the 1980s:

“For the first time in nearly 30 years, there won’t be a single Latino serving in the President’s Cabinet. After a divisive campaign that often demonized the Latino community, it is beyond disappointing that President-elect Trump has failed to nominate a single Latino for any of these key leadership posts in his Administration. Our nation is stronger because of our rich diversity, but as of today, nearly 90 percent of Donald Trump’s traditional Cabinet selections are men and nearly 90 percent are white. While we made some progress in 2016 building the ranks of Latino leadership in the halls of Congress, I am stunned by the lack of diversity of the White House’s nominees for these Cabinet positions. Our government should mirror the people it serves, and the Trump administration has undoubtedly failed on that mark.”