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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is under fire after posting a photo of members of his Foreign Affairs Policy Board that is comprised of nearly all white men and no women.
A pleasure hosting Foreign Affairs Policy Board members for dinner last night in advance of our third plenary meeti… https://t.co/2ipMrxQffs— Secretary Pompeo (@Secretary Pompeo) 1576493782.0
In 2011 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton created the advisory board. It has, before Secretary Pompeo, been a far more diverse group.
For example, here''s a photo of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board under Secretary of State John Kerry:
In years past, the board has included notable women including former Congresswoman Jane Harman, think tank president Anne-Marie Slaughter, and former governor and EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman, among others. The initial founding group of 11 included four women, in addition to Sec. Clinton.
On social media many made clear their frustration that yet again a Trump administration project is not representative of America but composed of mostly white male seniors.
@SecPompeo This photo is missing something. I can't put my finger on it. Oh, I know. It's missing people with expe… https://t.co/UkZjJxmwEB— Jared 🥃 (@Jared 🥃) 1576504818.0
@SecPompeo Where are the women? All men. Unbelievable.— tonytone (@tonytone) 1576497974.0
It's remarkable how many times the Trump administration, without a shred of self-awareness, has proudly posted phot… https://t.co/1lsHGT9TjZ— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1576504625.0
@SecPompeo Lots of white males there 🙄 8 of 9 and not one women.— Mary Quite Contrary (@Mary Quite Contrary) 1576505480.0
Wow, what a diversity of hairstyles! https://t.co/pyOS0KfIM6— Quinta Jurecic (@Quinta Jurecic) 1576507703.0
@janice4iowa @SecPompeo Well, their ties are different colors.— Barb Morrison (@Barb Morrison) 1576505677.0
This may sound crazy, but how about having a Foreign Affairs Policy Board that actually reflects what the American… https://t.co/DUnzTN4Ohy— Desirée Cormier Smith (she/her) (@Desirée Cormier Smith (she/her)) 1576508625.0
One wonders how well this particular group of people is able to fully consider the interests of ~330 million divers… https://t.co/yN4RXaCYNm— Dustin Johnson (@Dustin Johnson) 1576510913.0
@SecPompeo This country is beautifully diverse. This policy board in no may reflects our country's population.… https://t.co/qOBroV4tHG— Life lover (@Life lover) 1576510773.0
Every Trump administration photo looks exactly the same https://t.co/NhKkmDGohq— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman) 1576504527.0
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