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JULY 3, 2017
Why do we need Spanish or any other language but English to get the presidents' message? After a succession of administrations that embraced Spanish-language content, President Donald Trump's White House, according to NBC is all but ignoring Spanish speakers even though he has a robust online presence in English. His administration has yet to offer a Spanish White House website. It has eliminated the position of director of Hispanic media outreach. And its Spanish-language Twitter account is heavy with English text and features sloppy translations.
The White House director of media affairs,
Helen Aguirre Ferre, said she expects a Spanish website to launch later
this year. She noted the Obama administration took nine months to launch
its version, adding that "the priority remains to improve the English language
website." She said there was no plan to hire a press officer solely dedicated
to Spanish-language media at this time. She said she and another staffer
in the communications operation are bilingual and conduct interviews in
Spanish. Spanish-language media are also invited to participate in press
briefings, background briefings and other events, along with their English-language
colleagues, she said.