White House press secretary Sarah Sanders suggested Wednesday that it doesn't matter that only one out of 42 U.S. attorney nominees so far is female.
Sanders pointed to herself in her response to concern about President Trump's 97.6 percent rate of male appointments.
"The president has certainly surrounded himself with a lot of strong women in various positions, including myself in a pretty high position — in a senior position within the administration — as well as Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway and a number of others," she said.
"He's continuing to add women to his staff at senior levels every single day, and I think that's a very positive step forward," Sanders said.
There are 93 U.S. attorney positions. The Trump Justice Department created 46 vacancies in March when it asked many Obama-era holdovers to resign.
Trump's one female nominee is Jessie Liu to lead the U.S. attorney's office in the nation's capital, which is unique in prosecuting both federal and local crimes.
"It's a slap in the face," former U.S. attorney in Alabama Joyce Vance told BuzzFeed, which reported that 12 of the first 42 Obama nominees were women.
"It's a statement that this is not a priority," Vance said.
Many U.S. attorneys who did not resign or who are temporarily serving in the position are women, according to a list on the Justice Department's website.