The incoming Trump administration is asking the State Department for names of employees working on gender equality.
President-elect Trump, who was infamously exposed for his comments bragging about sexually assaulting women in the leadup to the election, appears to be targeting federal workers who worked to advance women’s issues and gender equality during the Obama administration, according to The Washington Post.
A Wednesday morning memo sent from the Trump transition team to the State Department reportedly included an inquiry about “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding.” The Flash Transition Tasker, as the Post called it, asked about any and all programs and employees who specifically focused on issues that:
“promote gender equality, such as ending gender-based violence, promoting women’s participation in economic and political spheres, entrepreneurship, etc.”
The inquiry seems to be similar to a questionnaire the President-elect’s transition team sent to the Department of Energy earlier this month, which asked for the names of all workers who were focusing on policy targeting climate change, as well as any and all documents produced as a result of climate policy meetings. The Department of Energy refused the request, and the Trump team backed down and proceeded to distance itself from the questionnaire entirely.
Trump has announced Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as his next secretary of state, and has appointed former Texas Governor Rick Perry as his Secretary of Energy. The appointment hint at an Administration not friendly to other women’s rights, gender equality, or climate change.
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