With Omarosa Gone, Here are the Black People Still Working for President Trump

Earl G. Matthews was appointed as the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Army on June 21, 2017.
Earl G. Matthews was appointed as the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Army on June 21, 2017.

The Trump administration is passing over black candidates for top staffing positions, while giving others jobs on the lower tier of a White House where only 2.4 percent of key positions are held by black people.

Comparatively, 13.3 percent of the United States population is black, which makes White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ claim that the administration values “diversity” laughably absurd.

Sanders was unable to give reporters the name of a single black senior staffer when asked — and now we know why.

The new information has come to light just after Omarosa Manigault-Newman was purged from the White House under strange circumstances. Some reports indicated that Manigault-Newman, a former contestant on The Apprentice and a major supporter of Trump during the presidential campaign, was physically removed from the building.

The Boston Globe reports that Earl Matthews, a black man currently serving as principal deputy general counsel for the Army, was passed over for the position of general counsel. Instead, the job was offered to two white candidates.

Similarly, Ja’Ron Smith, who is black, was recently promoted to special assistant to the president. The position is the lowest commissioned rank in the White House hierarchy and considered a midlevel position.

The Globe reports that a senior White House official told them Smith, who previously served as an aide to Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), “was promised that he would have a commissioned officer rank and salary.” Instead, his job pays $83,000, which ranks him in the bottom half of White House salaries.

There aren’t many other black people working in the Trump White House. In fact, only three of the approximately 125 commissioned officers working in the White House are black.

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