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Trump Says He's an 'Absolute No' on Puerto Rico Statehood Until He Likes Their Officials Better
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49007"><span class="small">Sophie Weiner, Splinter</span></a>   
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:20

Weiner writes: "In a radio interview with Geraldo Rivera, President Trump said he was an 'absolute no' on statehood for Puerto Rico, attributing his reluctance to his dislike of San Juan's mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has criticized the federal response to Hurricane Maria."

People march to Trump Tower following a service at St. Bartholomew's Church for the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria. (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People march to Trump Tower following a service at St. Bartholomew's Church for the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria. (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


Trump Says He's an 'Absolute No' on Puerto Rico Statehood Until He Likes Their Officials Better

By Sophie Weiner, Splinter News

25 September 18

 

oday, in a radio interview with Geraldo Rivera, President Trump said he was an “absolute no” on statehood for Puerto Rico, attributing his reluctance to his dislike of San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has criticized the federal response to Hurricane Maria, the Washington Post reports.

“With the mayor of San Juan as bad as she is and as incompetent as she is, Puerto Rico shouldn’t be talking about statehood until they get some people that really know what they’re doing,” Trump told Geraldo Rivera.

Trump even suggested he didn’t know Cruz’ name. “If you had people like the mayor of San Juan, whatever her name may be, she is a horror show,” Trump said. “She was so bad and so disrespectful to our military, to our first responders, and to our great FEMA people, who did a phenomenal job.”

Puerto Rico is essentially a modern day U.S. colony with little power over its own affairs. Refusing to consider granting them the democratic power they’ve long deserved because of an interpersonal conflict between the president and their leaders isn’t a great look. In a normal presidency, this might be a major scandal. But, since this is the Trump presidency, no one is likely to pay much attention.

Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló condemned the president’s statement.

“This is an insensitive, disrespectful comment to over 3 million Americans who live in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico,” Rosselló said in a statement. He called out “the unequal and colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico.”

Trump has been publicly defensive over the federal government’s performance in recovering from the hurricane in Puerto Rico. Earlier this month, he denied the reported death toll of nearly 3,000 from the storm, calling the number a tactic of the Democrats to make him look bad. He later called the federal government’s response to the hurricane an “unsung success.”

Puerto Rico is currently a U.S. territory. Residents can vote in presidential primaries, but not in general elections. In last year’s referendum on statehood, 97 percent of Puerto Ricans voted to support becoming a state. However, the election was widely criticized, and only 23 percent of registered voters participated. A Washington Post poll published this month found that 48 percent of Puerto Ricans support statehood, while 26 percent support remaining a territory, and 10 percent want to become an independent country.

In June, Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative to the House of Representatives, Jenniffer González-Colón, introduced a bill that would make the territory a state by no later than 2021.

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+6 # Magginkat 2018-09-25 11:12
Does trump think he has been elected as a god? Congress needs to quit bowing down to that moron & get back to the business for which they were elected and that includes helping the People of Puerto as well as the Carolinas after the hurricanes hit. His racism & hatred is enough to gag a maggot.
 
 
+3 # madresabia 2018-09-25 11:32
What makes the orange baby think we want to be a state? What we want is what Dominica has: Independence and sovereignty. First and foremost, to trade with other countries without the interference or intercession of big brother; free to run our country the way we want, not to have vulture capitalists come in and take our best lands and turn them into playgrounds for the idle rich. Puerto Ricans are US citizens because, in 1917, when the US entered the war in Europe (WWI), and they needed more men, they quickly made Puerto Ricans citizens so that they could be recruited as canon fodder. So, I say to all Puerto Ricans: Wake Up! The US is not going to do anything for you. It never has and never will.
 
 
+4 # tedrey 2018-09-25 12:22
With the government in Washington as bad as it is and as incompetent as it is, America shouldn’t be talking about how great it is until we get an administration that really wants and is able to serve the people.
 
 
+4 # Glen 2018-09-25 13:13
We have a 5 year old for president, who stomps his feet and whimpers that he's going home because "nobody likes me".
 
 
+5 # Robbee 2018-09-25 14:15
Trump Says He's an 'Absolute No' on Puerto Rico Statehood Until He Likes Their Officials Better?

- that's funny, i'm an 'Absolute No' on dickhead, whether he learns to like puerto ricans or not!
 
 
+3 # futhark 2018-09-25 17:21
Constitution of the United States of America, Article IV, Section 3:
"Section 3.

New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress."

Even upon most careful reading I seem to keep missing the part in which president's approval is required in this process. From a legal standpoint, Donald Trump's opinion on the admission of Puerto Rico as a state matters not a whit more than mine or yours.
 
 
0 # wilhelmscream 2018-09-26 07:36
Trump has no say on PR statehood. Blocking statehood for PR would be Unconstitutiona l via Executive Branch. Is CA trying to split into 3 states? Would they need Congressional approval if CA approves this measure?
I do agree with you
 
 
+1 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-09-25 17:45
Stupid, orgulous man. Anyone else remember March 1, 1954?
 
 
0 # wilhelmscream 2018-09-26 13:19
Tell Trump: What goes around, comes around