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Obama's recent nominations for top positions in the administration have all been men, including Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFor the sake of national security, Trump must honor the Iran deal Bernie Sanders’s 1960s worldview makes bad foreign policy DiCaprio: History will ‘vilify’ Trump for not fighting climate change MORE (D-Mass.) to replace Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE, and former Sen. Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report Billionaires stopping climate change action have a hold on Trump, GOP 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 SebeliusPrice was a disaster for HHS — Time for an administrator, not an ideologue Trump says he's unhappy with Price Former Health Secretary: Price’s use of chartered flights is 'stunning' 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 LewBipartisan bill would force Treasury to put Tubman on bill Top conservative rails against ‘clean’ debt limit increase Trump mocked Obama for three chiefs of staff in three years MORE, whom the president intends to nominate as his next secretary of the Treasury.

Updated at 3:55 p.m.