Trump's Administration Is Still Mostly White And Male

President Donald Trump's largely white and male administration has broken its promise to hire more non-whites and women.

By mid-year, 88 percent of appointees for mid-level posts were held by whites, 62 percent of which were men, Reuters reported, citing Office of Personnel Management numbers.

Mid-level political positions include aides, policy experts, office managers and schedulers who bridge the gap between political leadership and more than two million career civil servants.

By comparison, whites comprised 67 percent of mid-level staffers under President Barack Obama in his final year, and men made up 47 percent. Those numbers are closer to the U.S. population as a whole, 2016 census data shows.

Former President George W. Bush's mid-level staff was also 88 percent white, with 60 percent of them men, from 2006 to 2008, according to Office of Personnel Management data.

Trump’s administration is even less representative of America than Bush’s because the U.S. over the past decade has grown more diverse.

Trump's administration "so far has not in any direct sense prioritized diversity,” Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan group that tracks federal hiring, told Reuters.

But White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said that Trump has had a long history of promoting women, citing as an example the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to head up the Department of Homeland Security.

“He will continue to elevate and empower women to top posts in his administration,” Walters said told Reuters.

The statistics suggest otherwise. As of September, Trump had nominated 42 people to be top federal prosecutors, only one is a woman. And men outnumbered women three to one in the 400 positions his administration hired at its onset.

Also, among 408 nominees for high-ranking positions that Trump sent to the Senate, 327 were men and 80 were women, according to the super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.

“If you’re not intentional about it, it won’t happen,” Don Gips, a White House personnel director for Obama during the first six months of his presidency, told The Guardian earlier this year.

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