Puerto Rican Governor on Trump: ‘If the Bully Gets Close, I’ll Punch the Bully in the Mouth’
President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló were thought of as being on good terms over the years, even meeting with each other back in 2017 over hurricane recovery and financial restructuring. Trump had praised Puerto Rican officials and noted repeatedly that Rosselló had thanked him for his efforts.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: "The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2017
But over the past couple of months, things had soured between the two as Rosselló felt Trump was not fulfilling his promise of disaster relief to Puerto Rico, including a meeting he had agreed to but never followed up on despite repeated requests from the Governor. Puerto Rican officials said the White House was being dismissive and aggressive with them after they had asked about it.
The Puerto Rican Governor urged Trump to end “the insults” at his officials and said the President was getting “misleading information” when claiming the United States had given too much disaster relief money to the island. Roselló had released a statement condemning Trump for his lack of “empathy.”
In an interview with CNN, Jim Acosta asked Rosselló if feels he’s dealing with a “bully” when dealing with Trump.
Rosselló replied by saying, “If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth.”
“Just like that?” asked Acosta.
“Just like that,” Rosselló responded. “It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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