Trump unlikely to seriously think about the sale of Puerto Rico, the expert believes
The President of the United States Donald trump is unlikely to seriously pondered the possibility of the sale of Puerto Rico, such a statement is, most likely, another blunder, especially since the island is not the property of the United States, Washington could provide him with independence, but not to sell it, said RIA Novosti Director of the Foundation for the study of the United States. Franklin Roosevelt at the Moscow state University Yury Rogulev.
Earlier, the former acting Minister of internal security of the United States Elaine Duke in an interview with the New York Times said that in 2017 after the hurricane that caused the most damage to Puerto Rico, trump spoke angrily about, why not get rid of this "asset" and whether to sell the island. The Duke said that this phrase has been thrown the trump at one of the meetings, subsequently, the idea of selling Puerto Rico has never been discussed.
"Trump is person specific, it is to all issues, including political, suitable for the conclusion of the transaction. That's hardly surprising. Another question - the island of Puerto Rico is not formally part of the United States is not a state, but a certain administrative territory under the control of the United States," - said the expert.
He noted that Americans "invented for himself such a course, when in the course of the expansion of the 19th century, they had reached the Pacific and began to glance around."
"So they annexed Hawaii - first it was the same territory, then made the state. The same area was the Philippines, but then they gained independence. Remain now a number of Islands in the Pacific ocean, the same GUAM, other. And now they (US authorities) did not come to a vote on whether to admit Puerto Rico to the United States or not accept", - said Rogulev.
According to him, such a long delay is connected including with the fact that the management of the money is going, "in the case of recognition of anything they (the US) will not receive, and costs will increase."
"Plus it's a liability issue. Therefore, the tramp, arriving after the hurricane, and blurted out that, undiplomatic," added Rogulev.
"As for the status of Puerto Rico, here the United States can and independence to grant, refuse control, but what about sales, of course, he was exaggerating. I don't think he seriously pondered this question. It is not the property of the United States, not a colony, so direct sales can not be there. Just agree on a certain status and receive compensation," - concluded the expert.