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WH Faces Lawsuit for Not Having Sign Language Interpreter at Coronavirus Briefings

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 August 2020 06:26 PM

The White House is in legal hot water for not having a sign language interpreter at its coronavirus briefings.

The National Association of the Deaf is suing President Trump and his office, claiming they don't have an American Sign Language interpreter visible on-screen during White House coronavirus task force briefings. The organization said this discriminates "against individuals with disabilities" by preventing them “access to critical, potentially life-saving information conveyed by our nation’s political and public health leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic."

According to the suit, even governors from every state use sign language interpreters during their coronavirus briefings while the White House does not.

The lawsuit goes on to say that an absence of a sign language interpreter at the briefings violates the Rehabilitation Act and the First Amendment.

It goes on to ask the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the president to provide a sign interpreter.

In a sent letter to the White House, the National Association of the Deaf said it “received daily complaints from deaf and hard of hearing citizens across the country asking why their President is not ensuring they are getting the same access to emergency information as everyone else.”

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