Is Donald Trump, the most colorful of the candidates in the 2016 Presidential race, in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico?
Residents of the District of Columbia currently pay federal taxes but have only a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, no representation in the Senate. Should that policy continue as is? Should D.C. become a state? Should it not have to pay taxes? Should it be treated like Puerto Rico?
Trump suggested that he might have a conflict of interest, since he’s building a hotel in the nation’s capital. The interviewer pressed for an answer, and Trump said, “I would like to do whatever is good for the District of Columbia because I love the people.”
This is not actually so far from what many policy makers have said about Puerto Rico.
There have not been any reliable reports of Trump’s position on statehood for Puerto Rico – or whether the presidential candidate has even thought about it. Right now, it’s all conjecture.
In the meantime, press reports are filling the news void largely with satire.
The Huffington Post wrote, in an article clearly labeled “This is satire,” that Trump planned to buy Puerto Rico. The Mideast Beast, in an obviously satirical article which was not so labeled and which has been cited in serious articles since, said that Trump proposed granting the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico to the Palestinians as compensation for surrendering claims to Israel.
NoticiasPRTV filed a report that Trump had announced his intention of revoking the U.S. citizenship of all Puerto Ricans, but that report has not been confirmed.
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