Trump Extends A Hand To Hispanic Businesses

WASHINGTON — At the Latino Coalition’s “Make Small Business Great Again” event this month, Linda McMahon, who leads the Small Business Administration, told the Hispanic audience she’s leaning on the advice of group’s chairman, Hector Barreto. Vice President Mike Pence followed, opening his afternoon speech with a clunky, but well-received “buenos tardes a todos!” He said that Latino small businesses are the fastest-growing in the nation. “Can we give a round of applause to all the Latina small business owners in the room?” He flashed a wide smile. A week later it was Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who held a private listening session with a dozen Latina entrepreneurs. The same day, chief of staff Reince Priebus held a meeting with a larger group from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. With the campaign over, former foes like USHCC president Javier Palomarez were welcome to engage the administration. Palomarez, who endorsed Hillary Clinton for president during the campaign, heaped praise on Priebus — the USHCC was lucky to have him!

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