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Trump: People of Puerto Rico Deserve a Process of Status Self-determination

By on January 7, 2016

SAN JUAN – Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has remained mum about the issues affecting Puerto Rico for months, has released his first official statement on Puerto Rico’s status, in which he did not take an official stance on what he believes should be the nature of the island’s political relationship with the United States nor discusses the current fiscal crisis.

“There are 3.7 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico,” the statement says. “As citizens, they should be entitled to determine for themselves their political status.”

Trump did not endorse statehood as have other Republican gubernatorial hopefuls, such as Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and Sen. Marco Rubio, but said it should be among the options.

“As president I will do my part to ensure that Congress follows the Constitution. The will of the Puerto Rican people in any status referendum should be considered as Congress follows through on any desired change in status for Puerto Rico, including statehood,” he said.

Trump’s statement appears be leaving it up to Congress to make any determination on Puerto Rico’s status.

“I am firmly committed to the process where Puerto Ricans might resolve their status according to Constitutional and Congressional protocols. I believe the people of Puerto Rico deserve a process of status self-determination that gives them a fair and unambiguous choice on this matter,” he said.

By Eva Lloréns

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