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Helen Aguirre Ferré
Helen Aguirre Ferré (8566577204) (cropped).jpg
White House Director of Media Affairs
Assumed office
January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 60–61)
Miami, Florida
Political party Republican

Helen Aguirre Ferré (born 1957) is an American journalist and the White House's Director of Media Affairs. She assumed office on January 20, 2017 with the Administration of President Donald Trump. She previously hosted the current events show Issues with Helen Ferré on WPBT 2.

Career[edit]

Aguirre Ferré was an op-ed columnist for the Miami Herald. She hosted a Spanish-language talk radio show on Univision America until 2015.[1]

Aguirre Ferré was senior adviser to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign in 2016.[1] In June 2016, Aguirre Ferré was named Hispanic communications director for the Republican Party.[1]

Aguirre Ferré was named to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 2016.[2][3]

Repeated criticism of Trump[edit]

Aguirre Ferré had been a harsh critic of President Donald Trump. "There's a side of Donald Trump that is anti-feminine. I'm not going to tell you he's a misogynist … but I do think there's something that bothers him about strong and independent women," she said in April 2016.[4] "In the case of abortion, Donald Trump held every viewpoint possible … including supporting partial-birth abortion, something even many who are pro-choice oppose," she said of Trump the same month.[4]

Trump "babbling more than usual," Aguirre Ferré tweeted during a Republican presidential debate on February 13, 2016.[5] She criticized New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions' decision to endorse Trump, tweeting on February 29, 2016, "Wonder if Chris Christie and Senator Sessions now regret supporting Trump or do means justify the end? Telling either way."[5] Following a violent protest at a Trump rally in Chicago, she blamed Trump for the violence, tweeting "Thank you! Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio agree that Trump bears responsibility for violence in Chicago today."[5] On September 10, 2015, she tweeted that "women and country deserve better" than Trump.[5]

Trump administration[edit]

On January 19, 2017, it was announced that she would be special assistant to President Trump and director of media affairs for the Trump administration.[6]

Personal[edit]

Aguirre Ferré was born in Miami, to Nicaraguan parents. She is the daughter-in-law of former Miami mayor Maurice Ferré.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mazzei, Patricia (June 1, 2016). "GOP taps Miami's Helen Aguirre Ferré as Hispanic communications director". Miami Herald. 
  2. ^ Hines, Bea L. (January 21, 2016). "Friends and Neighbors: Helen Aguirre Ferre named to Florida Women's Hall of Fame". Miami Herald. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Helen Aguirre Ferré". FCSW. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Hispanic former Trump critic signs on to his administration, Politico, January 19, 2017, retrieved January 28, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "RNC's newest Hispanic outreach director scrubs tweets warning about dangers of Trump," Media Matters for America, June 2, 2016, retrieved January 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Miami's Helen Aguirre Ferré gets Trump White House job". Tampa Bay Times. January 19, 2017. 

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