White House Chief of Staff John Kelly confirmed Tuesday that he met with a group of black Republicans and asked them to submit their resumes if they were interested in working for the Trump administration.
The meeting took place Monday, just days after the departure of White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality TV star.
"I met with them just for a few minutes and said we are looking for talented young men and women of any age that would be willing to come and serve the country for some period of time," Kelly said he told the group.
He added that he wasn't specifically calling for African-American or women applicants
Kelly also asked his guests to spread the word around, in case they knew people who were looking for "something that is very fulfilling."
"We're looking for good people," he said.
Kelly met with Newman last week. While initial reports said the meeting was contentious, Newman denied Kelly fired her and said that she resigned.
"We had a very candid conversation," she said on Good Morning America.
In another interview, Newman said last week that she was "very lonely" working alongside other Trump advisers, most of whom were white and "had never worked with minorities, didn't know how to interact with them," according to ABC News.
"There was a lack of diversity I will acknowledge," she said.
The White House has said it has a "diverse team." Still, Newman said her departure as communications director for the Office of Public Liaison means the White House senior staff will have no African-American women on board.