It was revealed that US President Donald Trump proposed selling Puerto Rico in 2017, when the island was experiencing difficult times due to Hurricane Maria.
This was indicated by former Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke in an interview with the US newspaper the New York Times. Her statements sparked outrage among Puerto Ricans.
For many years, the United States government strongly confronted nationalists who wanted Puerto Rico’s independence, until 1952 when a constitution was proposed for this territory, with which the island became an Associated Free State (ELA).
Since then, Puerto Rico is under the sovereignty of Washington but does not have the same rights as other states. Its citizens pay federal taxes but have no electoral vote or representation in the United States Senate.
Featured image: Trump throwing paper towels during his visit to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. File photo.