The US Department of Justice did not comment on the decision of the Puerto Rico authorities to hold a new referendum on joining the island as a state.
“No comment,” said Nicole Navas-Oksman, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice, in response to the journalist’s request. The State Department, the White House and several American lawmakers, including the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate of the US Congress, Mitch McConnell, have not yet responded to similar requests.
The governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazquez, announced a referendum on the island’s entry into the United States on Saturday. Voting will take place on November 3 at the same time as the local elections.