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Not while Trump is in office. He'd just deny there were Chinese vessels in a new Chinese made port on the island.

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Not sure why Puerto Rico doesn't sidle up to the Chinese....same reasons....more political consequences and leverage.

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Maybe because it's a United States territory firmly set on becoming a fully fledged state one day? And Hawaii is nearer to China anyway...
 

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Not clear that is actually true. Puerto Rico has been hanging around as a third world stepchild looking to be adopted by the US and being recognized as a full fledged, first world state integrated with the US for at least 50 years. Could be a dream that would be either forced quickly with an offer from China, or a big thorn in the US side for abusing a neighbor endlessly if China moved in and took over our Navy base there....to be honest I don't know what they have to lose. It ain't just Trump. Moscow Mitch has not been too eager to keep them looking westward for help. I think he shares the Trump view of shithole countries and based on how they reacted to the needs of Puerto Rico's citizens after hurricane Maria, it is hard to imagine they think anything other than that shithole describes Puerto Rico as well.

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With regard to Hawaii and Puerto Rico, both became "territories" of the USA in 1898. Hawaii had <40,000 native Hawaiians at that time, while Puerto Rico had >900,000 native born "citizens." In 1950, Hawaii had >86,000 native citizens, while Puerto Rico had ~2.2 million inhabitants. What you see is the manifestation of a reluctance to assume other than caucasian, white, Northern European (including UK and Scandinavian countries) populations when taking on a chunk of new territory by the US. Hawaii in 1950 was a strategically important chunk of new territory, while Puerto Rico really wasn't. It is not clear why the additional 70 years have gone by and Puerto Rico never reached a status of becoming an actual state, if it is not that those in Congress and the White House for the last 70 years figured the place is just a shithole. Trump is the first to withhold disaster recovery funds and offer rolls of paper towels to a few people there instead. Sure sounds like we treat it like a shithole. Seems like a negotiation with China for some support is warranted.

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Moscow Mitch has not been too eager to keep them looking westward for help.

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Jim i might be able to make some sense of this-

voting matters.

if we can get the house and senate with some big majorities

we can make puerto rico and DC states.

heres the kicker.

dems instantly get 4 (FOUR) (1, 2, 3, 4!) new permanent dem senators (2 per state)

we can also work to add some justices to the supreme court by adding to the count.

thats what moscow mitch sees. thats the desperate need for voter fraud.

get out the vote and it can happen.
 

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Just when you thought it was afe to go back in the water...

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