New York Times: Trump Has Considered Selling Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria, Acting Former Homeland Security Chief Says

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“The president’s initial ideas were more of a businessman, you know,” Elaine Duke, who was acting secretary of the DHS when the hurricane hit the island in September 2017, told The Times.”” Can we subcontract electricity? Can we sell the island? You know where to sell this asset? “” Trump would have said, according to Duke in an interview with the newspaper. “(She said the idea of ​​selling Puerto Rico was never seriously considered or discussed after Mr. Trump raised it.),” The newspaper reported.

Trump has had a busy history with American territory since Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Nearly 3,000 people died from the storm and the aftermath, including widespread power outages.

Trump has already targeted Puerto Rican officials for managing the billions of relief funds his administration has earmarked for recovery from a storm, accusing island leaders of spending part of that money for reasons other than cleaning up hurricane. In November 2018, White House officials told congressional leaders and appropriators that the president did not want additional relief funds to be sent to the island.

Trump has always denied any misconduct by his administration in the aftermath of the storm. Rather, the president asked for praise for his management of Hurricane Maria, calling it “an incredible and little-known success” last year.

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