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Obama's recent nominations for top positions in the administration have all been men, including Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFeehery: Oprah Dem presidential bid unlikely Dem hopefuls flock to Iowa Change in Iran will only come from its people — not the United States MORE (D-Mass.) to replace Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE, and former Sen. Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelHagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' Tax cut complete, hawks push for military increase Pentagon documents hundreds of serious misconduct cases against top brass MORE (R-Neb.) for secretary of Defense, a position once considered a lock for United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. The Times predicted that "Obama’s inner circle will continue to be dominated by men well into his second term."

"I think it would be useful to wait and make judgments about this issue after the president has made the totality of appointments that he will make in the transition to a second term," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday, when asked about the criticism. 

Carney pointed to Obama's appointments of Janet Napolitano as the Secretary of Homeland Security, Rice as U.N. Ambassador, Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusThe House needs to help patients from being victimized by antiquated technology Obama cabinet official: Clinton White House doubled down on 'abusive behavior' John Roberts has tough job of keeping faith in Supreme Court MORE as Secretary of Health and Human Services, and two female appointments to the Supreme Court. He also summarized the analysis by the Times, in the same article, that close to half of Obama's appointments have been women.

According to the Times:

About 43 percent of Mr. Obama’s appointees have been women, about the same proportion as in the Clinton administration, but up from the roughly one-third appointed by George W. Bush.

The photo highlighted by the Times was taken Dec. 29. Asked about that photo on Wednesday during the press briefing, Carney said it "is not reflective of the diversity within the White House staff or within the broader administration." 

Wednesday's photo captures a meeting that took place on Tuesday. It includes Obama with White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Nancy-Ann DeParle, as well as Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics Mike Froman, counselor Pete Rouse, senior adviser David Plouffe, director of communications Dan Pfeiffer and Chief of Staff Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewOvernight Finance: Hatch announces retirement from Senate | What you can expect from new tax code | Five ways finance laws could change in 2018 | Peter Thiel bets big on bitcoin Ex-Obama Treasury secretary: Tax cuts 'leaving us broke' Senator demands answers from DOJ on Russia bribery probe MORE, whom the president intends to nominate as his next secretary of the Treasury.

Updated at 3:55 p.m.