President Donald J. Trump has shown an unprecedented commitment to the Virgin Islands as the U.S. territory celebrates 100 years under the American flag.
“President Trump has proven to be the strongest ally the Virgin Islands has ever had in the White House,” said John Canegata, chairman of the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands. “His commitment started as a candidate and was re-affirmed this week as president.”
Trump issued a powerful statement, saying in part: “We thank God for the U.S. Virgin Islands, for its wonderful people, and for making the U.S. Virgin Islands part of the United States of America.”
The statement came on the same day that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was on St. Croix for the Transfer Day commemoration.
“The fact that Secretary Zinke chose St. Croix and the Virgin Islands as the first territory to visit speaks volumes about the administration’s commitment to ensuring a better, brighter future for all Americans, including Virgin Islanders,” said Virgin Islands GOP National Committeeman Jevon Williams. “No president and no secretary of Interior have been there for Virgin Islanders like President Trump and Secretary Zinke.”
The former Obama administration didn’t send its Interior secretary to the territory until the final months of its second term.