This week, Helen Aguirre Ferré, one of the most powerful Latinas working in the Trump Administration, left her job in the White House. Ferré — a Nicaraguan-American — was the White House director of media affairs for Latino and African-American outlets. She handled all of the Spanish and non-Spanish news that related to the Latino community.
The White House has not said why Ferré is out of a job, but they did say Ferré will still be working with the Trump Administration just not as media affairs.
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“We greatly appreciate Helen’s work, service and dedication during her time in the White House. She will continue to work for the Administration in a different capacity,” Mercedes Schlapp, White House director of strategic communications, said in an email to the Spanish-language news outlet, according to The Hill.
NBC News reports that Ferré will be serving now as director for strategic communications and public affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts.
In a statement, according to NBC News, Ferré said she looks forward to “continuing to advance the President’s agenda in support of American communities through the National Endowment for the Arts which provides support to nonprofit cultural institutions nationwide.”
What may look like just a job change, may not be as simple as just another transfer. Ferré was among 10 Trump Administration officials that were told they violated the Hatch Act. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) — a political watchdog organization — has filed complaints against Ferré, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and deputy press secretaries Raj Shah and more, The Hill reports.
The Hatch Act is a law which states no federal employees can use their offices and resources for political purposes, which basically means, if you work for the government, you can’t use your job title to say wonderful things about your employer or anyone in the White House to promote something they are doing on Twitter, in articles, or anywhere.
Ferré has been a strong supporter of Trump way before he became president and backed his policies, including family separations.