US President Donald Trump raised the question of the possibility of a “diversion” or “sale” of Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricane Maria swept through it.
This was reported by the former acting secretary of national security Elaine C. Duke in an interview with The New York Times.
Helen Duke said she was dumbfounded by what she heard.
“You know that the president’s initial ideas were more like businessman’s ideas. Can we outsource electricity? Can we sell the island? Or get rid of this asset? ” – such questions asked Trump in the first year of his presidency.
Duke worked for the Trump administration during a key period when a wave of hurricanes hit Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
She said that one of her most vivid memories was helping distribute water to the homeless in the city of Ponce on the south coast of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, which hit the end of the summer of 2017. When Hurricane Maria approached Puerto Rico and Duke advocated an emergency declaration before the disaster hit the island, Mick Mulvani, then director of the president’s budget, resisted.
“Stop being so emotional, Elaine, it’s not about people, but about money,” Mulvani told her.