President Donald Trump fired off against the governor of Puerto Rico while speaking to reporters in the Oval Office after the latter refused to step down amid a scandal involving leaked messages.
One day after Governor Ricardo Roselló’s (D-P.R.) announcement that he would not be pursuing reelection amidst a scandal revolving leaked private messages, the president blasted the embattled governor as “terrible.” He also torched San Juan Mayor Yulín Cruz (D-P.R.) as “horrible,” adding to their months-long feud.
“[Roselló is] a terrible governor,” Trump said on Monday. “I think you have an even worse mayor of San Juan. She’s horrible.”
The president continued on to roast Roselló as being “not good” and claiming that Congress left the $92 billion in “hurricane relief” in the “hands of incompetent people.”
“The governor is not good. The United States Congress — you won’t believe this, please close your ears — gave Puerto Rico $92 billion last year for hurricane relief. […] The Congress of the United States handed them $92 billion, and that $92 billion is in the hands of incompetent people. And very corrupt people.”
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“I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico,” Trump says, citing his “many Puerto Rican friends” and the Miss Universe pageant, while calling San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz “a horror show” and Gov. Ricardo Rosselló “terrible” pic.twitter.com/93MEJBqCtS
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The leaked messages revealed that Roselló made disparaging comments about political opponents, women, and victims of Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that ravaged the territory in 2017.
In one of the almost 900 messages published by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, Roselló referred to a Puerto Rican New York politician as a “w***e” while calling another politician a “daughter of a b***h.”
Even in the face of resignation calls and protests, the Puerto Rican governor has refused to step down. However, he did vacate his seat as the head of his party pushing for Puerto Rican statehood.
As IJR News previously reported, several U.S. lawmakers have called on Roselló to resign.
Freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) demanded that the Puerto Rican governor resign, saying that the U.S. “must stand with la isla.”