President Donald Trump closed the government of Puerto Rico on Monday and said that the governor & # 39; terrible & # 39; and that the mayor of San Juan & # 39; terrible & # 39; was, but claimed that the people there loved him, since almost 100 percent of them saw the beauty contests that he owned.
& # 39; Look, he's a terrible governor. I think you have an even worse mayor of San Juan, she's terrible. I think she is terrible, & he told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with the Pakistani prime minister.
& # 39; She is incompetent, largely incompetent. At the same time, the governor is not good, & he added.
President Donald Trump struck down the government of Puerto Rico and said he was the best thing that had ever happened to the island
Trump called Governor Ricardo Rosselló & # 39; terrible & # 39; and said that mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, & # 39; terrible & # 39; used to be
The president's criticism comes from hundreds of thousands of people filling San Juan streets on Monday to request Governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign from offensive and homophobic chat messages.
He also said he was the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico.
& # 39; I had the Miss Universe contest, the pageants and we had them twice in Puerto Rico. I tell you, we had great successes. In fact, they literally said 100 percent, this never happens, I think it was almost 100, but 100 percent of the island itself watched, & he said.
& # 39; They love those parades. Now I have had a great relationship with Puerto Rico. I'm the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico, & he added.
Puerto Rico organized the parade in 2001 and 2002.
Trump loved to hold the competition in countries where it had high ratings, The New Yorker noted in a February 2018 piece on Trump & # 39; s interest in the procession, which he co-owned from 1996 to 2015.
Moreover, the president has not stopped criticizing the government of the island since officials claimed that the US government was not doing enough to help them in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
& # 39; The people in Puerto Rico are AWESOME, but the politicians are incompetent or corrupt & # 39 ;, he tweeted in April.
The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, was a special target when she and the president undertook to provide assistance to the island.
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin (C), along with Puerto Rican rapper Rene Perez, aka Residente, marching along Las Americas highway as they participate in a national strike demanding Governor Ricardo Rossello resignation
S An aerial shot of a drone shows thousands of people filling a highway that advocates the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossella
On Monday, Trump complained that he gave Puerto Rico $ 92 billion in hurricane supplementation and that it was now & # 39; in the hands of incompetent people and very corrupt people & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The people in Puerto Rico are wonderful. The people in Puerto Rico like me, and they should, because nobody gave them what I give them. But the leadership is corrupt and incompetent, & he added.
It is unclear where the president received the $ 92 billion figure he has repeatedly touted.
The Congress has allocated $ 42.5 billion in disaster relief to Puerto Rico, but US territory had received less than $ 14 billion through May, according to a NBC News check facts.
Most of the money is waiting for processes that require officials to submit a plan outlining how they expect to use the money and get federal approval for it.
Hurricane Maria has caused an estimated $ 90 billion in damage to Puerto Rico.
In the meantime, the island is struggling with its latest political scandal.
Rosselló & # 39; s announcement on Sunday that he would not seek re-election next year and resign as head of the New Progressive Party seemed to have little effect on the pressure that prompted him to immediately transfer the government.
A Miss Universe participant of the 2002 pageant, held in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Trump poses with Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza after being named Miss Universe 2006
Masses of people, many dressed in black T-shirts and waving the flag of the American island territory, filled a major highway in San Juan in the latter in a series of more than a week of sometimes violent protests in the capital and elsewhere.
Rosselló, 40, asked for forgiveness and said he respected the wishes of Puerto Ricans in a message broadcast online on Sunday.
& # 39; I know that apology is not enough & # 39 ;, Rosselló said in a video posted on Facebook. & # 39; A significant portion of the population has been protesting for days. I am aware of the dissatisfaction and the discomfort that they feel. Only my work will help restore confidence in these sectors. & # 39;
The publication on 13 July of sexist and homophobic chat messages between Rosselló and top people caused a dormant indignation about his approach to devastating hurricanes in 2017, alleged corruption in his administration and the island's bankruptcy process.
The protests were also fueled by the announcement by the US authorities of a federal indictment involving six people, including two former senior government officials from Puerto Rico, accused of conspiracy and other crimes related to millions of dollars in federal Medicaid and educational funds.
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