Moore’s comments came after CBC Chairwoman Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeDems announce 'unity commission' members If Democrats want to take back the White House start now A guide to the committees: House MORE (D-Ohio) in a letter said earlier this week that she was concerned that Obama had yet to appoint any African Americans to his second-term Cabinet.
"Well I can tell you that as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Marcia Fudge has a right to weigh in with her thoughts," Moore said. "There are many qualified African Americans out there and I think the White House would be well advised to vet some of them.
"As a person who's been an employer of a handful of people throughout the duration of my career, it's always important to me to have a diverse staff,” she continued. “Diversity does give you greater policy options, different opinion. But the bottom line is that you do want the most qualified, experienced people to be in your shop and so I would err on the side of allowing the president to go through that process and make sure that he has people who are in the best position to serve him."
Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderDNC chairman: Trump’s tax cuts and budget plans are 'morally bankrupt' Holder: Trump's election fraud claims are laying foundation for voter suppression Dem rep: Jim Crow's 'nieces and nephews' are in the White House MORE, who joined the Cabinet in the first term, remains Obama’s only black Cabinet-level appointment.
The CBC letter is not the first time attention has been called to the level of diversity in Obama's cabinet.
Earlier this year, the White House faced scrutiny over the number of women in the Cabinet after the departures of Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonVicente Fox to Trump: ‘Being president ain’t easy’ When political opportunity knocked, Jason Chaffetz never failed to cash in Trump bragged about election win during 100-days interview MORE as secretary of State, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Hilda Solis as secretary of Labor. Obama’s senior most Cabinet nominations include Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelChuck HagelLobbying World The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? Senators tear into Marines on nude photo scandal MORE, Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryEgypt’s death squads and America's deafening silence With help from US, transformative change in Iran is within reach Ellison comments on Obama criticized as 'a stupid thing to say' MORE and Treasury Secretary Jack LewJack LewWhite House divide may derail needed China trade reform 3 unconventional ways Trump can tackle the national debt One year later, the Iran nuclear deal is a success by any measure MORE, all white men.
The president responded to the controversy earlier this year and promised that he would tap more minorities for key positions.