Former DHS Chief of Staff Miles Taylor, who has made several television appearances condemning Donald Trump and exposing the work environment at the White House, made an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday to expose another one of Trump’s crazy ideas.
It was reported last year that Trump “joked” about trading Puerto Rico for Greenland. But according to Taylor, Trump was serious about making the trade happen.
“There was a time when we were spending a lot of our days down in Puerto Rico after the hurricanes,” Taylor explained to MSNBC host Hallie Jackson. “There was a trip that we made down there in August of 2018. And I remember before we went, the president said something… the president has talked before about wanting to purchase Greenland.”
“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,” Taylor recalled. “Because in his words, Puerto Rico was dirty and the people were poor.”
“The fact that the president of the United States wanted to take a territory of Americans and swap it for a foreign country is beyond galling,” he added. “This was a real thing. This is the president, this is the man who sits behind the Resolute Desk.”
“You don’t think it was a joke?” Jackson asked.
“I did not take it as a joke,” Taylor replied. “On multiple occasions, the president expressed interest in buying Greenland. And I’ll go even further about Puerto Rico. The president expressed deep animus towards the Puerto Rican people behind the scenes.”
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