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Trump rips governor of Puerto Rico, San Juan mayor




President Trump on Thursday ripped the embattled governor of Puerto Rico, joining a growing chorus of critics that includes entertainer Ricky Martin and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
The commander-in-chief also took a shot at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, whom he has feuded with since Hurricane Maria devastated the US commonwealth in September 2017.
“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,” the president wrote on Twitter.
“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!”
Gov. Ricardo Roselló has been under fire since it was revealed by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism that he and other top officials had made sexist and other offensive remarks in text messages.
In one message, the governor called ex-New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito a “whore”; said that if someone were to murder Yulín Cruz, they “would be doing him a favor”; made homophobic remarks about Martin, and attacked journalists and political opponents.
Thousands have rallied to demand his resignation, and Yulín Cruz applauded the demonstrators on Twitter.
“It is the greatest honor to be part of a society that knows that democracy is not a once every four year exercise but a constant movement towards equality,” she wrote.
Roselló, however, has said he wasn’t going to resign.
Trump has criticized Puerto Rican officials in the past over the hurricane response and the amount of aid the federal government has provided.
Fact checkers say that $41 billion has been allocated and that the island had received $11.2 billion as of April.
The president’s figure is based on an administration calculation of how much will eventually be spent over the next 20 years.

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