03/04/2018 07:59 SAST | Updated 03/04/2018 07:59 SAST

The Trump White House's Intern Programme Is Once Again Very, Very White

“The White House intern photo is like a ‘Where’s Waldo’ for a non-white person.”

Shealah Craighead
Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead.

The White House is yet again facing fierce criticism over the lack of diversity of the participants in its intern programme.

A photograph released on Friday shows U.S. president Donald Trump posing with the spring intake, who are overwhelmingly white:

Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead

"The White House intern photo is like a Where's Waldo for a non-white person — in a country that is about 40 percent non-white," tweeted political scientist and Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas.

"Diversity this ain't," added France 24 correspondent Philip Crowther.

Other tweeters shared similarly biting comments:

Other commenters compared the current intake to those from former President Barack Obama's time in office:

Trump's White House faced similar accusations over the programme last summer, when people noticed how photographs of vice president Mike Pence posing with interns featured very few people of colour.

House speaker Paul Ryan came under fire in July 2016 over this selfie with Capitol Hill interns, who were also almost exclusively white:

A post shared by Speaker Paul Ryan (@speakerryan) on