Mr. Trump appears to assume that his sensibilities as real estate mogul and dealmaker can be directly applied to government debt management policy. They cannot. Treasury securities bear absolutely no resemblance to the debt issued by Trump Entertainment Resorts, which went bankrupt in 1991, 2004, 2009, and 2014.
The virtual Chapter 9 strategy would generate enough leverage over creditors for Puerto Rico to deal with its debt crisis. The risk is that it would generate too much. Without an actual Chapter 9 to limit the Puerto Rican government, that government could design a procedure even more to its benefit.