Fifty-two million Spanish speakers in the United States have had their access to the official government page reduced after the Trump administration takes down the Spanish language version of the White House early Friday (Jan. 20) afternoon.
Spanish foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, told the Guardian that the site's removal was not beneficial in the eyes of the United State's global reputation. "We believe it is not a good idea to give up such a communication tool, given that this is a country with 52 million Spanish speakers," the foreign minister said.
The White House claims that the Spanish translation's section of the website was missing due to the busy schedule of the first day of Trump's presidency. Sean Spicer, The current White House Press Secretary, informed the Washington Post , "There was a lot of work to do, and we had done a lot of work on the website to make sure that we prepared to get as much information up as fast as possible. He followed up by saying, "We've got IT folks working overtime to continue to get all of that up to speed. Trust me, It's going to take a little bit more time."
It has been clear that there are many citizen's upset with how the new president has presented himself and his goals, so this removal of a tool for the Spanish speaking community was not met with positivity.
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