Donald Trump Never Threatened Puerto Ricans’ Citizenship

As much of the nation — including Puerto Rico — heads for the political party primaries, there is still uncertainty about candidates’ positions on statehood for Puerto Rico.

Ben Carson and Marco Rubio have both spoken out for statehood for Puerto Rico, but Cruz and Kasich remain uncommitted (ProEnglish calls Kasich “evasive”) on the subject. Bernie Sanders has spoken out in favor of Puerto Rico equality in the context of bankruptcy laws, and Hillary Clinton, who introduced legislation as a Senator to address economic and healthcare issues in Puerto Rico, is clear that she would like the fundamental question of Puerto Rico’s status to be resolved.

As for Donald Trump, he has said that he will go along with whatever the people of Puerto Rico want, which has been the most popular position on the subject among politicians in recent years, in spite of the fact that Puerto Rico already voted for statehood.

But a number of Spanish-language news sources reported that Donald Trump had said he plans to take away U.S. citizenship from Puerto Rico if he becomes president, and he never actually said that.

The story began on The Adobo Chronicles, where this report was shared last September:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, while speaking to a group of investment bankers and hedge fund owners in New York City, allegedly declared that if elected, he will revoke the U.S. citizenship of all Puerto Ricans because they are “not part of the American race.”

While Trump mentioned only Puerto Rico, his campaign told reporters that he meant to say all citizens from the territories of the U.S., including Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands.

“We don’t really need these non-Americans and I don’t need their votes to win the presidency,” Trump said.

The Adobo Chronicles explain their mission:

THE ADOBO CHRONICLES  is your source of up-to-date, unbelievable news. Everything you read on this site is based on fact, except for the lies… When writing stories for this  blog, we let the news sizzle and simmer in our mind in a mixture of fact and fiction, then we spice it up with figments of our imagination.

The website recently posted an exclusive interview with Trump, and has previously reported that Trump will not live in the White House if he is elected, that he has chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate, and that he intends to challenge Superman’s dual citizenship.

While most readers of the Adobo Chronicles may have recognized that this report was satirical, several Spanish-language news outlets repeated the claims as serious news, and many people seem to have believed that he made the statement. Snopes, a website dedicated to debunking urban myths,  says firmly that the original report was fiction.

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VICTORDVELEZ

the truth about trump expressions on Puerto Ricans citizenship,in a press conference in new York ,he stated he was going to extradite all illegal immigrants from the united states,,there was a lady reporter from one Hispanic station and she aSK MR,TRUMP,WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WITH THE PUERTO RICANS,,HE THEN SAID THAT HE WAS GOING TO SEND EVERYONE HOME,,HE DID NOT UNDERSTOOD THE QUESTION BECAUHSE HE WAS COGHT OF BALLANCE LATER THEN HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO MAKE THE ISLAND INTO A BIG GOLF COURSE AND PEOPLE WOULD LOVE HIM ,BNECAUSE HIS GOT A GOLF COURSE AND A HOTEL THERE,,,THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS ,THAT THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ADVOCATES ,,LIKE THAT WOMAN MENTIONED, AND GEORGE RAMOS, WANT TO GET THE PUERTO RICANS, ON THEIR SIDE FOR POLITICAL REASONS, MORE POWER BECAUSE THEY WILL HAVE OVER 3 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS ON THEIR SIDE,, THAT FRIENDS ,IS THE TRUTH

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