White House staff:

Pres­i­dent-elect Trump ap­points a hand­ful of cam­paign loy­al­ists to se­nior po­si­tions.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE -

wash­ing­ton» The Trump tran­si­tion team in­structed the State Depart­ment to turn over all in­for­ma­tion Wed­nes­day about “gen­der-re­lated staffing, pro­gram­ming, and fund­ing,” set­ting off alarm bells among those who fear that the new ad­min­is­tra­tion is go­ing to purge programs that pro­mote women’s equal­ity along with the peo­ple who work on them.

Only a week af­ter be­ing em­broiled in a con­tro­versy over col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion on En­ergy Depart­ment cli­mate change of­fi­cials, the Trump team seems to be at it again. On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the State Depart­ment lead­er­ship sent out what’s called a “Flash Tran­si­tion Tasker” to a long list of of­fices and bu­reaus. This of­fi­cial request man­dated that all State Depart­ment of­fices pro­vide to the Trump team by 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day full re­ports on the po­si­tions and programs at the State Depart­ment ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing a range of women’s and gen­der is­sues around the world.

The Wash­ing­ton Post ob­tained a copy of the State Depart­ment request, which said each of­fice should in­clude in­for­ma­tion on all ex­ist­ing programs and ac­tiv­i­ties that “pro­mote gen­der equal­ity, such as end­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence, pro­mot­ing women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal spheres, en­trepreneur­ship, etc.”

The request did not ask di­rectly for the names of the of­fi­cials who work on these programs but stated that, in their re­ports, each of­fice “should note po­si­tions whose pri­mary func­tions are to pro­mote such is­sues.”

Last week, a mem­ber of the Trump tran­si­tion sent a ques­tion­naire to the En­ergy Depart­ment ask­ing for the names of all depart­ment of­fi­cials who worked on the Paris cli­mate change ac­cords. The En­ergy Depart­ment re­fused. The tran­si­tion team said later that the ques­tion­naire was not sanc­tioned by the tran­si­tion lead­er­ship and was not stan­dard pro­to­col.

The Trump tran­si­tion team did au­tho­rize Wed­nes­day’s request and the State Depart­ment did ful­fill it, ac­cord­ing to three State Depart­ment of­fi­cials, who re­quested anonymity be­cause of the sen­si­tiv­ity of the mat­ter. Fears spread quickly through­out State Depart­ment head­quar­ters that the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion might use this in­for­ma­tion to sin­gle out po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees and ca­reer of­fi­cials who worked on these programs.

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