Is this fake news or just a fake story by someone wanting to get close to the president, for power, media attention or the perception of power? (read on and judge for yourself).
Originally published in Quarts Media
It was all too much for Javier Palomarez. He had stood by and watched as Donald Trump’s administration showed off in word and deed its disregard or outright hostility towards Muslims, immigrants, and non-white Americans. But its decision to rescind the DACA program, which protects the children of undocumented immigrants from being deported, was the final straw. On Sept. 5, Palomarez, the president and CEO of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), announced live on television that he was resigning from the White House National Diversity Council, making him the latest in a long line of business and intellectual leaders to abandon one of Trump’s advisory bodies.
The problem with Mr. Palomarez statements are…
There is a group called the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. It was started during the election campaign by Trump supporters of various ethnic minorities with the goal of making their communities’ voices heard by the campaign, and it has remained active since his inauguration. But it has no affiliation with the White House, officials there told Quartz.
More to the point, the NDC has rather forcefully denied any association with Palomarez. In a statement on Aug. 15, it said, “Mr. Palomarez was invited to join the Coalition earlier this year but did not accept the invitation and has never been an active member of the Advisor panel.” The same note said that the CEO and co-founder of the coalition had met administration officials “several times in recent months.” On Sept. 4, the NDC repeated its disavowal of Palomarez, this time in plaintive all-caps:
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Cohen is listed as a board member of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, the one formed during the campaign. So it seems most plausible that this is the body to which he invited Palomarez—and which now says Palomarez never accepted the invitation.
We were unable to find a web page about the existence or membership of any national diversity council, commission, coalition, or similarly-named body other than the aforementioned NDC. We found no news stories that mention Palomarez belonging to such a body other than the January Buzzfeed article about Cohen inviting him to join it, and another on CNN in March; a series of stories in August reporting that Palomarez, as a member of the coalition, had called on Trump strategist Steve Bannon to resign; and the stories this week reporting that Palomarez was quitting the coalition.
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