Barring any unforeseen confirmation hiccups, the executive cabinet proposed by President-elect Donald Trump will have the dubious honor of being the first in nearly three decades to not include a Latinx member.
The news follows reports that Trump plans to nominate former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as his Secretary of Agriculture—a position for which the president-elect had, at one point, allegedly been considering a Latinx nominee. Instead, white men will continue to thrive.
"I can tell you now I have spoken to numerous folks on the transition," Trump's Hispanic Advisory Committee member Mario Rodriguez told The Hill. "And they say that he’s absolutely looking for qualified Latinos for a Cabinet post."
However, following news that Trump intends to tap Gov. Perdue, a number of Latinx groups have begun expressing serious concerns over the makeup of Trump's proposed cabinet.
"We're extremely worried. This is anti-democratic," National Hispanic Leadership Agenda chairman Hector Sanchez told the Dallas Morning News. Sanchez later added that, "By not including Latinos in the Cabinet [Trump] is just showing how he is planning to govern."
Every presidential cabinet since 1988 has included a Latinx member, beginning with Ronald Reagan's education secretary Lauro Cavazos—the first Latinx cabinet member to be confirmed by the Senate in American history.
When asked about the snub, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the Chicago Tribune that Trump "has continued to seek out the best and the brightest to fill his cabinet, but I don't think that that's the total reflection."
"We've got 5,000 positions," Spicer added. "I think you're going to see a very, very strong presence of the Hispanic community in his administration."
According to a recent CNN report, Trump's transition team has left "hundreds" of crucial federal positions unfilled as the clock ticks down to inauguration day.