US President Donald Trump has been exploring the possibility of exchanging the US-administered Puerto Rico archipelago for Greenland, which belongs to Denmark. This was announced on August 19 by the former head of the US Department of Homeland Security, Miles Taylor.
On MSNBC, he said that he heard Trump talk about it in August 2018 before his trip to Puerto Rico amid the aftermath of a hurricane on the island.
“He said he wanted to see if we could trade Puerto Rico for Greenland because, he said, Puerto Rico is dirty and the people there are poor,” Taylor said.
At the same time, he stressed that it did not look like a joke on the part of the American leader.
According to Taylor, such rhetoric towards the Americans is extremely unpleasant, as is the very intention to exchange part of the US territory for foreign land.
Since 1898, Puerto Rico has been under US rule, and most of the population has American citizenship. At the same time, Puerto Ricans are not allowed to participate in the presidential elections.
Earlier, Republican Donald Trump has repeatedly rejected the idea of joining the archipelago to the United States. According to media reports, this is due to the fact that the population on the island supports mainly Democrats, and integration will allow the country to have two representatives in the Senate and five electors.
The next referendum on the accession of Puerto Rico to the United States as a state will take place on November 3, the same day as the election of the American president.