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White House Criticized for Interns’ Lack of Diversity

The Trump White House was excoriated on social media this weekend for a photo of its group of spring interns, which highlights the lack of racial diversity among the group.

The official White House photo shows President Donald Trump posing with the 91 interns — most of whom are White.

Social media users who immediately noted the lack of diversity compared the photo to those taken of the intern classes under Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

“I missed the fall intern photo, but last summer and this spring, the White House had a combined 206 interns. Among them: 3 black men. 0 black women. Out of 206. Such a toxic organization,” tweeted Brandon Friedman.

Washington Post columnist Brian Klaast wrote, “The White House intern photo is like a Where’s Waldo for a non-white person — in a country that is about 40% non-white.”

The Trump administration encountered the same problem in November when it issued a group photo of the fall interns, one of whom was accused of making a White power gesture.

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