Wait, can he do that?
Courtesy of 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.
Trump has had a fraught history with the US territory since Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the storm and aftereffects, including widespread power outages.
Trump has consistently denied any fault for his administration in the aftermath of the storm. The President has instead sought praise for his handling of Hurricane Maria, calling it “an incredible, unsung success” last year.
Okay first off I am pretty sure that presidents cannot just up and sell territories that become problematic.
However, this does sound like something Trump would try to do.
The man is notorious for backing out of deals when things get difficult, so of course, he wanted to hand Puerto Rico off to somebody else to handle.
All I can say is that I am sure glad Alaska is already a state or I am sure that Trump would have been negotiating with Putin to take it off his hands for him.
Because remember that was a rumor in the early days of the Trump presidency.