Trump ‘Floored’ Puerto Rico Governor With Nuclear War Boast: Book | EUROtoday

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Then-President Donald Trump shocked then-Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in 2017 with a boast about how America wouldn’t dangle round if it got here to launching nuclear weapons at an adversary, Rosselló recollects in his new memoir.

In “The Reformer’s Dilemma,” Rosselló remembers Trump telling him throughout a helicopter journey over areas of the island that had been hit by the monster Hurricane Maria that “nature has a way of coming back,” till it doesn’t.

The now-presumptive GOP presidential nominee introduced up the unknowns of the aftermath of nuclear warfare and stated what Rosselló described as “the one thing that made me more concerned than anything else in the entire visit,” per excerpts obtained by The Hill.

Trump stated that “if nuclear war happens, we won’t be second in line pressing the button,” Rosselló reportedly wrote within the e-book due out Tuesday.

“This statement floored me,” Rosselló wrote, in accordance with The Hill. “I could not believe what I was hearing. It was surreal. Was he really talking about total annihilation as we flew over the ravaged sights of the island?”

Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló during the then-president's visit to the island following Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló through the then-president’s go to to the island following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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In Rosselló’s e-book, the previous governor additionally addressed Trump’s tossing of paper towels to a crowd throughout the identical journey.

“The image plastered in history was one that demonstrates disdain and repulsion for the people,” he stated, per The Hill. “Was it dumb and incredibly thoughtless? Yes. The president should have known better. But that does not detract from the true story: The media narrative got carried away, which is happening more often than not in our political culture.”

Following his go to, Trump repeatedly attacked the island on social media.

Trump threw paper towels into a crowd during his 2017 visit to Puerto Rico.
Trump threw paper towels right into a crowd throughout his 2017 go to to Puerto Rico.

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Trump ramped up spending on America’s nuclear arsenal throughout his administration and continuously warned of deploying nukes, similar to together with his “Little Rocket Man” taunts of his now-ally Kim Jong Un, the despotic chief of North Korea.

Washington Post reporters Robert Costa and Bob Woodward wrote of their 2021 e-book “Peril” that Mark Milley, the then-chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was compelled to guarantee then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after the Jan. 6, 2021, revolt that “the nuclear triggers are secure” and that “the president alone can order the use of nuclear weapons” however “doesn’t make the decision alone” as a result of they really need to be launched by a number of folks.

Rosselló resigned from his function of governing the U.S. territory in 2019 following mass protests amid allegations of corruption and the fallout from the “Chatgate” scandal.