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Did Trump have the authority to sell Puerto Rico?   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Jul-12 by MerlinsDad; 141 views.
MerlinsDad

Poll Question From MerlinsDad

Jul-12

Did Trump have the authority to sell Puerto Rico?
  • yes1  vote
    11%
  • no1  vote
    11%
  • don't be ridicuous7  votes
    77%
  • he wouldn't dare0  votes
    0%
  • Maybe he could work the same deal the natives did for Manhattan island0  votes
    0%
  • other0  votes
    0%
yes 
no 
don't be ridicuous 
he wouldn't dare 
Maybe he could work the same deal the natives did for Manhattan island 
other 
In reply toRe: msg 1
MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jul-12

July 12

From CNN

President Donald Trump considered the idea of selling Puerto Rico in 2017 after the island was devastated by  Hurricane Maria, the former acting Homeland Security secretary told The New York Times in an interview published Friday.

"The President's initial ideas were more of as a businessman, you know," Elaine Duke, who was serving as DHS' acting secretary when the hurricane hit the island in September 2017, told the Times.
"'Can we outsource the electricity? Can we can we sell the island? You know, or divest of that asset?'" Trump reportedly said, according to Duke in the newspaper interview. "(She said the idea of selling Puerto Rico was never seriously considered or discussed after Mr. Trump raised it.)," the paper reported.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/12/politics/trump-puerto-rico-hurricane-maria/index.html
from Mother Jones
Donald Trump’s initial reaction to the devastating hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico in 2017 were to suggest that the United States sell, or “divest” from the territory, a former acting secretary of Homeland Security said on Friday. Elaine Duke, who served as Trump’s second secretary of Homeland Security, replacing John Kelly when he became Trump’s chief-of-staff, has become the latest former Trump cabinet member to speak out against her old boss, telling the New York Times in an interview this past week that Trump cares little about policy, and uses “hate-filled, angry and divisive” language.  https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/07/trump-allegedly-suggested-selling-puerto-rico-as-hurricane-maria-approached/
Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Jul-12

Another discussion on the forum involved the Pearl Harbor attack and I did some research.  I did not know, as an example, that Native born Hawaiians became US citizens in 1904...long before Pearl Harbor and long before statehood.  So the attack on Pearl Harbor was on US citizens and US land.  As this relates to your poll. Puerto Rican's are US citizens by birth, so I can't see how he could sell the island?  What would that do to citizenship?  Wouldn't it require a vote by residents?  Weird that he would even think of it.  What a murky, spooky mind.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jul-12

Yes, they're American citizens (since 1917), although they don't have voting representation in Congress, electoral college votes, or votes in the presidential election.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_voting_rights_in_Puerto_Rico. 

In September of 2017, Trump was still a rookie, just learning the geography of the United States.   In fact, he was still a little confused about the location of the 50 states, not to mention the territories, in October, 2019, when he claimed "We’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico, and we’re building a wall in Colorado,”  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/24/us/trump-wall-colorado.html  Oh well.  At least the deal didn't go through.

The real estate developer in him showed through.  In his day job before he took the one he has now, he was accustomed to selling off losing or problematic properties.  He just momentarily forgot that citizens aren't the same as tenants.

As you say "What a murky, spooky mind."

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Jul-12

Love the real estate developer comparison.  He also hasn't figured out that citizens are not his employees nor his servants.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jul-12

jeri says:  "He also hasn't figured out that citizens are not his employees nor his servants."

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