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Trump White House Begins With English-Only Website

| by David Bonner

The Trump administration has taken down the Spanish-language version of the White House website.

The new whitehouse.gov website address for content in Spanish brings up only an error page, reports the Daily Mail.

President Donald Trump has consistently spoken in favor of English over Spanish. During a September 2015 debate, Trump declared, "We have a country where to assimilate, you have to speak English ... We have to have assimilation to have a country ... This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish."

Earlier in the campaign he told ABC News, "While we're in this nation, we should be speaking English." He also mocked his Republican primary opponent former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish while campaigning.

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Trump did use a Spanish word once during one of his debates against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, when he said of Latino immigrants: "We have some bad hombres here, and we're gonna get ’em out."

Mauro Mujica, the chairman and CEO of U.S. English, which wants to make English the official language of the U.S., told the Daily Mail he doesn't think the Trump administration should provide a Spanish-language version of the White House website.

Mujica asked: "Maybe if they're going to do it in Spanish, they should also use all 323 languages spoken in the United States, right? Why just one and not the other 322?"

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Although he expressed satisfaction with the current English-only website, Mujica laments that it might not remain that way for long. "I would assume they're deciding in how many languages they want to do it," he said. "I know many of those people, including the president, but nobody has asked us what they should do."

When asked about the removal of Spanish from the website, White House press secretary Sean Spicer referred the question to White House Director of Media Affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre.

"We are continuing to build out the website both in the issue areas and then that area," Spicer said. "But we've got the IT folks working overtime right now to continue to get all of that up to speed. And trust me, it's just going to take a little bit more time but we're working piece-by-piece to get that done."

Thirty-one states have adopted English as their official language, notes The Washington Post.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Washington Post  / Photo credit: David Schwen/Wikimedia Commons, The White House via Daily Mail

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