Former senior Trump administration official Miles Taylor, who this week endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, told MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson that President Donald Trump wanted to trade “dirty” and “poor” Puerto Rico for Greenland.
Asked if there was anything particularly disturbing that he remembered from working on the Trump administration, the senior official recounted the president’s comments on Puerto Rico.
“We could probably go on for days about that,” Taylor said of the countless memories he has of Trump’s “disturbing” claims — before accusing the president of a shocking comment ahead of his trip to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
“I remember before we went, the president said something, and your viewers are going to be somewhat familiar with this, the president talked before about wanting to purchase Greenland,” Taylor added. “But one time before we went down, he told us not only did he want to purchase Greenland, he actually said he wanted to see if we could sell Puerto Rico, could we swap Puerto Rico for Greenland because, in his words, Puerto Rico was dirty and the people were poor.”
Taylor said it was shocking that Trump would want to trade in a U.S. territory for a foreign country and talk so disparagingly of American citizens.
Jackson asked Taylor if the comment could have been a joke but Taylor insisted it was not.
“On multiple occasions, the president expressed interest in buying Greenland,” Taylor added. “And I’ll go even further about Puerto Rico, the president expressed deep animus towards the Puerto Rican people behind the scenes. These are people who are recovering from the worst disaster of their lifetimes. He is their president. He should be standing by them.”
Fmr. DHS official Miles Taylor says President Trump wanted to trade Puerto Rico for Greenland because Puerto Rico “was dirty and the people were poor”pic.twitter.com/9rF9PySMYq
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