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Are US territories independent nations? Trump says he met with the President of the Virgin Islands – a day after Sec Energy Rick Perry referred to Puerto Rico as a country

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‘This could be an indication the Trump administration mindset regarding commitment to the welfare of US citizens living in the territories’

“I met with the President of the Virgin Islands.”
“These are people that are incredible people,” President Trump said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday
For clarification, Trump is the president of the US Virgin Islands
A day earlier Energy Sec Rick Perry referred to Puerto Rico as its own country during a congressional testimony, Thursday
President Donald Trump 1“I met with the President of the Virgin Islands” Donald Trump President of the United States of America, which includes all US territories

President Donald Trump told his audience during a speech Friday, that he’d recently met with the President of the U.S. Virgin Islands, which  coincidentally, happens  to be him.
Trump, discussing his tour of hurricane-slammed parts of the U.S. at the Values Voter Summit, said “I met with the President of the Virgin Islands.”
“These are people that are incredible people,” he said at the Washington, D.C. rally.
While the U.S. territory’s legislature does have a President, the commander-in-chief was likely referring to Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, with whom Trump met earlier this month.

President Trump tossing paper towel rolls in San Juan during his visit to Puerto Rico.jpgPresident Trump, controversially, flicking paper towel rolls to the beleaguered citizens in San Juan, during his visit to Puerto Rico last week.
Trump and Mapp met to discuss storm relief for the Virgin Islands.jpgPresident D.Trump [second left] and Mapp met a little more than a week ago to discuss storm relief for the US Virgin Islands

The White House’s official transcript later corrected the line to indicate Trump was referring to Gov. Mapp.
The slip up is significant because it came just a day after Energy Secretary Rick Perry referred to Puerto Rico, another U.S. territory, as its own country.
“That is a country that already had its challenges before this storm,” Perry said during a congressional testimony about restoring power to the island.

Rick Perry 2Secretary Perry accidentally referred to Puerto Rico as a country while testifying before congress, Oct 12

That upset Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), who quickly noted: “It’s America. They’re American citizens, so it’s not a country.”
The former Texas governor infamously gained national attention for the “oops” moment during a cringe-worthy debate performance as he bid, unsuccessfully, for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He couldn’t remember the third federal agency he wanted to abolish,  ironically, Energy. This time around, Perry clarified that he understood, and had just moments earlier referred to Puerto Rico as a territory.

Donald Trump tweets on Puerto Rico 1.pngPresident Trump has posted a few contra-indicating tweets regarding his commitment to helping U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico

The White House has been under fire for its response to Puerto Rico, where more than 80% of the island remains without power.
Trump tried to mollify his critics in his latest speech on relief to affected territories. Speaking Friday, he pledged his support for areas pummeled by a marathon of hurricane a day after noting federal relief efforts can’t stay in Puerto Rico “forever.”

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