White House Spanish portal taken down
White House Spanish portal taken down after Trump inauguration. Screenshot: Denisse Moreno

Just after President Donald Trump’s inauguration the Spanish portal of the Whitehouse.gov site was taken down--and people were furious.

Throughout the presidential campaign, Trump targeted illegal immigrants, called Mexicans rapists and “bad hombres.” He also failed to appoint a Latino cabinet member in his administration. Now his team has taken down the Whitehouse.gov Spanish portal.

This is what is seen when going to www.whitehouse.gov/espanol :

This is the site under the Obama administration:

White House Spanish portal under Obama administration
White House Spanish portal under Obama administration. Screenshot: Denisse Moreno

The Spanish portal was not just a translation of the English White House site, but the pages were tailored to the Latino community, focusing on issues that mattered most to U.S. Hispanics. There are nearly 57 million Hispanics in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau, with Latinos being the largest ethnic or racial minority in the country.

People immediately criticized the Trump administration's move on social media.

“Yo new protest! @WhiteHouse took down bilingual pages. Add #spanish in all you do!” said actor John Leguizamo on Twitter.

“The Whitehouse.gov Spanish-language portal is gone. Can we have it back, please?” said the organization Voto Latino.

“Whitehouse.gov removed the Spanish translation at the bottom of the page. You know, in case you thought they were the good guys,” said a user in a tweet.

“#POTUS & #WhiteHouse show disrespect for US #Spanish -speaking constituents by deleting language, limiting access,” said another user on Twitter.

Even the Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis expressed concern over the deleted portal.

"We believe it is not a good idea to give up on such a communication tool, given that this is a country with 52 million Spanish speakers," he said Monday, according to AFP.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed the missing portal in his first official briefing Monday. He said the administration is “continuing to build out the website both in the issue areas and in that area”

"We have got the IT folks working overtime right now to continue to get all of that up to speed and trust me, it's going to take a little more time but we are working piece by piece to get that done," he added.

Other pages removed from the White House site by the Trump administration included health care, climate change, immigration, LGBT rights and civil rights.

Those who want to look for information and previous White House blog posts in Spanish can find the archive of the site here.