Helen Aguirre Ferré
Helen Aguirre Ferré (born 1957) is an American journalist and the current Communications Director for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Aguirre Ferré was the Director for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts from August to December 2018 and the White House's Director of Media Affairs from January 2017 to August 2018. Prior to that, she hosted the current events show Issues with Helen Ferré on WPBT 2.
Helen Aguirre Ferré
|Assumed office |
|NEA Director for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs|
August 2018 – December 2018
|White House Director of Media Affairs|
January 23, 2017 – August 2018
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Born||1957 (age 61–62)|
|Alma mater||Barry University (BA)|
University of Miami (MA)
Aguirre Ferré was named to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 2016.
Early criticism of candidate Donald Trump
Aguirre Ferré had initially been a harsh critic of candidate 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. "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.
Trump "babbling more than usual," Aguirre Ferré tweeted during a Republican presidential debate on February 13, 2016. 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." 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." On September 10, 2015, she tweeted that "women and country deserve better" than Trump.
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. It was announced on August 9, 2018 that Aguirre Ferré "was taking up a new position as director for strategic communications and public affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts... in the next two weeks." In December 2019, Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis announced Ferré's appointment as director of communications.
Aguirre Ferré was born in Miami, to Nicaraguan parents. She is the daughter-in-law of former Miami mayor Maurice Ferré.
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