President Donald Trump wished to promote Puerto Rico or swap it for Greenland as a result of he considered the US territory as soiled and poor, a former senior administration official stated Wednesday.
Miles Taylor, who was chief of employees on the Division of Homeland Safety, stated Trump expressed these views as the federal government undertook assist operations after two huge hurricanes ravaged the Caribbean island in 2017.
Taylor informed MSNBC that simply earlier than one 2018 journey by officers, Trump, who had commonly talked about buying Greenland from Denmark, severely urged he might commerce away Puerto Rico.
“He informed us, not solely did he wish to buy Greenland, he really stated he wished to see if we might promote Puerto Rico, might we swap Puerto Rico for Greenland, as a result of in his phrases, Puerto Rico was soiled and the folks have been poor,” Taylor stated.
The previous official stated he didn’t take Trump’s remarks as a joke.
“These are Individuals. We do not speak about our fellow Individuals that manner,” Taylor added.
“And the truth that the president of the US wished to take a US territory of Individuals and swap it for a overseas nation is past galling.”
Trump has lengthy expressed disdain for the island of some three million folks, lots of whom stay on the US mainland — particularly in Florida and Trump’s native New York — because of the deeply depressed economic system at residence.
“The president expressed deep animus in direction of the Puerto Rican folks behind the scenes,” Taylor, who left DHS in 2019 and got here out as a supporter of Democrat Joe Biden this week, informed MSNBC.
“He’s their president. He must be standing by them, not attempting to promote them off to a overseas nation.”
In 2019 Trump canceled a go to to Denmark after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen rejected his proposal to purchase Greenland as “absurd,” although on the time there was no point out of Puerto Rico as a part of the urged deal.
On Tuesday Trump dismissed Taylor on Twitter as a “former disgruntled worker” who’s “stated to be a ‘actual stiff.'”
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