The population of the United States is
With his core team in place — Vice President Mike Pence, chief of staff Reince Priebus, national security adviser Mike Flynn and chief strategist Steve Bannon — Trump is already guaranteed to enter the Oval Office surrounded by white men.
The rest of
Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate tapped for secretary of housing and urban development, is so far the only black appointee. None of Trump’s choices have been Latino.
It’s worth noting that there appears to be more diversity within Trump’s small pool of female appointees than in his entire cast of Cabinet picks.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who’s been selected for the role of U.N. ambassador, is the daughter of Sikh immigrants from India, while Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, was 8 years old when she and her family immigrated to the U.S. from their native Taiwan.
One of the few Trump appointees whose résumé includes government experience,
Trump has also nominated health policy consultant
The other two women who’ve been named for lead Cabinet roles are former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, Trump’s choice for small business administrator, and education activist Betsy DeVos, who has been selected for education secretary.
The whiteness of the Trump White House is particularly striking when compared against the outgoing administration, which has been deemed the
According to an analysis by
Trump’s White House will likely be slightly less male-dominated than Bush’s, with men making up 83 percent of W’s first confirmed Cabinet versus 76 percent of Trump’s nominees so far.
Trump still has a chance to make his first presidential Cabinet slightly less homogeneous with his choices for secretary of agriculture, veterans affairs, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. trade representative.
However, with the selection this week of