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Trump has seen Puerto Rico as an obstacle in the face of complaints about the slow and inefficient federal response to Hurricane María. (AP)
Trump has seen Puerto Rico as an obstacle in the face of complaints about the slow and inefficient federal response to Hurricane María. (AP)

Washington - Even if it were a "bad-taste joke," the comment attributed to President Donald Trump stating that he wants to trade Puerto Rico for Greenland reaffirms that he perceives the island – in accordance with the U.S. Constitution Territorial Clause - as a possession.

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