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Donald Trump Furious Over President Obama’s Announcement To Close U.S. Military Base In Guam

U.S. naval base in Apra Harbor, Gusm
U.S. naval base in Apra Harbor, Guam

APRA HARBOR, Guam (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an effort to project himself as tough on terrorism and an expert on foreign policy, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has sharply criticized today’s announcement by President Barack Obama that he has ordered the total closure of the U.S. military facility in Guam.

‘Now more than ever, we need to build and maintain America’s military bases abroad — not close them — in light of the growing threat of world terrorism.”

Trump’s statement is by far the strongest he has made on foreign policy issues, many of which the next president will face on his or her first day in office.

Apparently, Trump and his campaign staff need to brush up on their geography.

Obama’s announcement was about Guantanamo, Cuba. Not Guam in the Pacific.


Trump, left, and Sharpton
Trump, left, and Sharpton

NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Earlier this week, the Rev. Al Sharpton declared that “people that were from Puerto Rico all would have to go back if their parents were undocumented.” In other words, Sharpton believes that Puerto Ricans are not  U.S. citizens.

Soon enough, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, while speaking to a group of investment bankers and hedge fund owners in New York City, allegedly declared that if elected, he will revoke the U.S. citizenship of all Puerto Ricans because they are “not part of the American race.”

While Trump mentioned only Puerto Rico, his campaign told reporters that he meant to say all citizens from the territories of the U.S., including Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands.

“We don’t really need these non-Americans and I don’t need their votes to win the presidency,” Trump said.

People born in these five territories are automatically U.S. citizens. However, under the federal electoral college system, only those residing in one of the 50 states of the U.S., and the District of Columbia, are eligible to vote for U.S. president.

So while Trump was wrong to say that Puerto Rico and the other territories are not part of America, he was correct in saying he doesn’t need their votes because they can’t vote for president.


imagePAGO PAGO, American Samoa – (The Adobo Chronicles) – While an online petition seeking to make the Philippines the 51st U.S. state has generated thousands of signatures, a slightly different kind of movement is gaining ground in Guam and American Samoa. Both islands in the Pacific want to be annexed to the Philippines.

Both Guam and American Samoa are territories of the U.S., but neither have the same full rights as the 50 states. American Samoans, by virtue of antiquated Supreme Court decisions, are not automatically considered U.S. citizens.  On the other hand, those born in Guam are U.S. citizens but unless they move to and reside in one of the 50 states, they cannot vote for the president of the United States. Guam does not have an electoral college and as such does not have a say on who is elected president.

Because of growing frustration regarding this inequality and lack of fairness, citizens of Guam and American Samoa have started a movement that would hopefully make them Filipino citizens and their territories officially annexed to the Republic of the Philippines. They feel that they will be better off exercising their citizenship rights  under the government of the Philippines. They also noted that culturally and geographically, their islands are closer to the Philippines than to America.

The annexation movement could complicate the petition to make the Philippines a U.S. state, especially if, indeed, Guam and American Samoa succeed in dropping off from American jurisdiction.

Both The White House and Malacanang (the Philippines’ presidential palace) have declined to comment on either movement.

If the Philippine statehood petition and the Guam-American Samoa annexation movement drag on and will not be resolved soon, both could be major political issues in 2016 when the U.S. and the Philippines will hold their respective next presidential elections.