Sean Spicer shrugged off criticism that Donald Trump’s Cabinet selections are overwhelmingly white.
During the last press briefing before the president-elect is inaugurated, his incoming press secretary was asked why no Latinos were nominated to his Cabinet. 18 of the 23 Cabinet and Cabinet level nominations are white men.
“We’re putting together an amazingly diverse cabinet,” Spicer said Thursday. “He’s focused on hiring best and brightest. We’re going to have 5,000 positions to fill.”
“The president elect wanted to make sure his entire cabinet was locked and loaded — which was complete Thursday morning with the nomination of Sonny Perdue — before he picked deputy secretaries” and other lower level positions.
“We’re ready to go at 12:01 tomorrow.”
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) January 19, 2017
Trump’s Cabinet includes 18 white men, three women and one African American man. (RELATED: Sean Spicer Just Made A Huge Announcement About What Donald Trump’s White House Will Look Like)
During that same press conference, Spicer said that Trump’s speech at the inauguration will be “less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document.”
“It’s going to be a very personal and sincere statement” that focuses on the “middle class, infrastructure, education, and the proper role of government.”
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