Trump Blasts Puerto Rican Leadership as Thousands Take to Streets Demanding Gov. Resigns

  • While thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets demanding that Governor Ricardo Rosselló resign, President Trump has bashed the leadership of both Rosselló and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.
  • Over the past week, the governor’s private messages to his top advisers surfaced, which were homophobic and misogynistic in nature.
  • While Rosselló has apologized for the messages, he has refused to step down.
  • In addition to hundreds of thousands of residents taking to the streets, “the investigative group that leaked the messages alleged that there’s a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal behind the chats.”
  • There’s a “new report alleging a multi-billion dollar corruption network is behind the group chat, where public funds were used to influence and benefit private clients and the Puerto Rican government.”
  • Trump tweeted: “A lot of bad things are happening in Puerto Rico. The Governor is under siege, the Mayor of San Juan is a despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance, and the United States Congress foolishly gave 92 Billion Dollars for hurricane relief, much of which was squandered away or wasted, never to be seen again.”
  • Trump continued: “This is more than twice the amount given to Texas & Florida combined. I know the people of Puerto Rico well, and they are great. But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind!”
  • According to reports, “Puerto Rico has received $11.2 billion in aid from FEMA and other agencies as of April. Mr. Trump’s figure is the number estimated by the Office of Management and Budget of how much the island could receive over the next two decades.”
  • High-profile celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda have joined in the demonstrations. Singer Rick Martin was targeted in some of the messages and has also joined in the protests.
  • One demonstrator said: “We are so, so pissed with the government.”
  • Another demonstrator said: “This is just an example of what is happening. The difference now is that we know because of that chat. That’s why we are here… now we know…how they work and how they use our money.”
  • Rosselló has come under fire for his handling of Hurricane Maria and how the island has recovered from its worst-ever economic crisis by many Puerto Ricans.

Reference Links

  • Washington Examiner: Trump rips Puerto Rico leaders as governor faces growing pressure to resign READ
  • Politico: Trump slams ‘corrupt’ Puerto Rican officials as protesters call for governor’s resignationREAD
  • New York Post: Trump rips embattled governor of Puerto Rico READ
  • CBS: Trump says Congress “foolishly” gave aid to Puerto Rico amid political turmoil on the island READ

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