The White House and the Hispanic community: a 'zero-communication' policy
The government of Donald Trump has tried to maintain appearances with respect to its will to communicate and collaborate with the Hispanic community in the country, but the recent resignation of one of the administration's few Latino officials seems to make clear that there’s no viable communication.
The relationship between the Trump administration and the Latino community has more than deteriorated. However, there is a significant percentage of Hispanics in the United States who have always supported the neo-politician.
Despite his political campaign against immigrants and against the "lax" immigration policies of previous governments, Trump received 54 percent of support from the Hispanic community in Florida, according to the Pew Research Center.
It was precisely in this state where his press officer for Latino and African American media, Helen Aguirre Ferre, emerged. She would later join his campaign from 2016 and his team at the White House after the presidential elections.
Born in Miami, and daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants, Aguirre was the host of a television program on local issues in South Florida, according to Univisión, having become "a highly respected Hispanic voice" in the region before joining the Trump administration.
During Aguirre's tenure, the White House deactivated the Spanish version of its website, and communication with other Latino communication platforms has been scant, reduced to specific groups such as Latinos for Trump and pro-Republican media.
However, Aguirre has quietly resigned from her position in the White House during the past week, and several reports indicate that she may now go to work with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The communicator joins Carlos Díaz-Rosillo, former deputy assistant to the president and director of interinstitutional policy and coordination, in an exodus of Latinos who have left the Trump ship to work with federal agencies "created in the 1960s and which Trump has threatened to cut financing,” according to the media.
Many consider this an unequivocal signal of the impenetrability of the Trump administration in the face of Latino issues, especially when communication has become so important for national politics.
And though it may seem that we are speaking of truisms, the current political circumstances - between leftist waves retaking ground in the primaries and a Democratic Party that restates its strategy to reach the Latino vote - make it clear that the closure of channels of dialogue between the White House and the Hispanic community could affect the final result of the mid-term elections next November.
Yet according to The Associated Press, there are still some Latinos who stand at the president's side, including Mercedes Schlapp (Director of Strategic Communications), Jennifer Korn (special assistant and deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs) and Juan Cruz (Deputy Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs).