REVEALED: Trump White House fought Esper plan to make the Pentagon more diverse
Mark Esper speaks to reporters at the Pentagon (MSNBC/screen grab)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has promised to make the Pentagon a more diverse place, but according to a new report from POLITICO, the Trump administration has moved or promoted at least 11 white men to senior positions at the Pentagon in the past three months.


"The Pentagon declined multiple requests to provide a breakdown of its senior civilian ranks by race, but publicly available data reveals a department run overwhelmingly by white men," POLITICO's Lara Seligman and Sarah Cammarata report. "Esper and his deputy, David Norquist, are white. Six out of seven members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are white men; new Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown is only the second Black man ever to serve on the Joint Chiefs."

Only the lower ranks of DoD leadership are slightly more diverse. "Out of six undersecretaries of defense, all are white and five are male. Out of 60 presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed positions, all but three are men."

Read the full report over at POLITICO.