Fact-checking Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s claims on statehood for Puerto Rico

At the end of September, Newsweek’s Robert Valencia interviewed Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood governor, Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D). They met a few days after President Donald Trump (R) told Geraldo Rivera that he did not support Puerto Rico’s statehood aspirations. The president also blamed the islands’ recovery on Carmen Yulin Cruz (PDP, D), the Mayor of San Juan, and other “incompetent” leaders. Rosselló used the interview to make a case for why Puerto Rico should be admitted as the nation’s 51st state. In making his case for statehood, Rosselló made two problematic statements that require further scrutiny. For example, he told...

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