April 16, 2018: Ximena Barreto was suspended from her position as the Deputy Director of Communications at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday, April 9, 2018, after she was found to have a history of posting controversial statements on social media. Barreto called Islam a “cult” and pushed an unfounded conspiracy theory about a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant that was proved to be false. Barreto also shared conspiracy theories about the death of Democratic National Committee member Seth Rich, she said that French President Emmanuel Macron was controlled by the Rothschild family, and she said that former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were controlled by investor and Democratic fundraiser and activist George Soros. The Rothschilds and Soros are frequent targets of false, unfounded, anti-Semitic, fringe conspiracy theories. An HHS Spokesman told CNN that Barreto has been placed on administrative leave while they investigate her controversial media postings. Before she joined HHS, Barreto was a far-right political pundit and Trump-supporting blogger. She co-hosted a YouTube show called "The Right View by Deplorable Latinas." A now-removed biography on her personal website said she "has worked as a political activist, and worked hundreds of hours with Republican candidates (sic) campaigns, including John McCain, Ted Cruz and President Donald Trump."