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Want to Suggest Education Secretaries for Donald Trump to the GOP? You Can’t.

By Andrew Ujifusa — October 19, 2016 1 min read
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On its website, the Republican Party has a survey in which you can suggest “the most qualified candidate” to fill cabinet posts under a President Donald Trump. But there’s no space for you to suggest a new secretary of education.

There are nine total cabinet positions you can make suggestions for in the survey, as well as a new chief of staff for Trump. To be fair, secretary of education isn’t the only missing position—you also can’t suggest secretaries of agriculture, commerce, interior, housing and urban development, and transportation.

We’ve reached out to the GOP as well as Trump’s campaign to ask about this issue. They didn’t immediately respond—we’ll update this post if we hear back.

One possible reason for the absence of an education secretary in the survey? Trump has indicated that he’d be interested in getting rid of the U.S. Department of Education altogether, or at

least slashing its budget way down. (On the other hand, he’s also called education one of the top three priorities for the federal government.)

Previously, Trump indicated that former GOP presidential rival Ben Carson would have some sort of education role in his administration, but he hasn’t elaborated on that idea.

As for Hillary Clinton, we’ve written recently that there’s at least a decent chance her education secretary could come from a higher education background. Click here for more about possible Clinton education secretaries.

Photo: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa, Fla. last June. (Loren Elliott (/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)


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