A number of statements about Puerto Rico have been attributed to Donald Trump, but not all those claims are accurate. Here are a few of the things Trump was reported to have said about Puerto Rico:
- That Palestinians should be moved to Puerto Rico. This claim comes from the satirical website, The Mideast Beast.
- That Puerto Ricans are “invaders” rather than citizens. This comment was made by a Trump supporter, not by Mr. Trump. It was broadcast by the Daily Show, a satirical news program which had a running joke based on comments made outside Trump rallies.
- That “The dirtiest and thieve-ist of Mexicans are, 100%, from Puerto Rico.” This is sometimes reported as his “least favorite kind of Mexican” or “the worst kind of Mexican.” The Snopes Report found that this completely false story originated with The Farce Report, a political satire site.
- That he planned to buy Puerto Rico. This claim can be found in a Huffington Post piece clearly labeled, “This post is satire.”
- That he would revoke the citizenship of Puerto Ricans. Snopes identifies the source of this story as the Adobo Chronicles, a fake news site.
There were also claims that Trump planned to deport Lin-Manuel Miranda, not realizing that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. This piece came from a website devoted to political satire. It was not based in fact.
None of these claims were based on facts of any kind. They were part of the 2016 fake news storm.
Trump has made a single statement on Puerto Rico. The image below is a photo of the document.
This is the full text of the statement, which was released to journalists during Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign:
There are 3.7 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico. As citizens, they should be entitled to determine for themselves their political status. I am firmly committed to the process where Puerto Ricans might resolve their status according to Constitutional and Congressional protocols. I believe the people of Puerto Rico deserve a process of status self-determination that gives them a fair and unambiguous choice on this matter. As president I will do my part to insure that Congress follows the Constitution. The will of the Puerto Rican people in any status referendum should be considered as Congress follows through on any desired change in status for Puerto Rico, including statehood.
This statement was also on the official Trump campaign website briefly. Download the document.
Trump has mentioned Puerto Rico in interviews. See the stories on these comments:
- Trump and Ryan Agree: Puerto Rico Needs Restructuring Authority, No Bailout
- Trump: I’m the King of Debt
As president, Donald Trump will doubtless make more comments and statements about Puerto Rico in the future, and the Puerto Rico Report will report on those statements faithfully. At this point, the statement shown here is his only official statement.