“The President’s preliminary suggestions were being much more of as a businessman, you know,” Elaine Duke, who was serving as DHS’ acting secretary when the hurricane strike the island in September 2017, told the Times.
“‘Can we outsource the electrical energy? Can we can we offer the island? You know, or divest of that asset?'” Trump reportedly said, according to Duke in the newspaper interview. “(She said the idea of providing Puerto Rico was hardly ever significantly deemed or mentioned immediately after Mr. Trump lifted it.),” the paper claimed.
Trump has continuously denied any fault for his administration in the aftermath of the storm. The President has alternatively sought praise for his managing of Hurricane Maria, contacting it “an remarkable, unsung good results” last calendar year.