Protesters are calling for Puerto Rico’s governor to step down. Thousands of demonstrators marched outside Governor Ricardo Rosselo’s mansion in San Juan on Sunday, where they called for his resignation after leaked chat-logs allegedly showed him and multiple high-ranking members of his cabinet using profane and vulgar insults toward other government officials.
On Saturday, the territory’s chief financial officer and secretary of state both resigned amid the scandal. This all comes less than a week after two former high-ranking Puerto Rican officials were arrested by the FBI for allegedly diverting $15.5 million in federal contracts to politically connected consultants.
The island has long been criticized as corrupt by the Trump administration over its alleged mismanagement of disaster funding following Hurricane Maria in 2017.
“You know it’s interesting, Puerto Rico — just so you understand — we gave Puerto Rico $91 billion for the hurricane,” President Trump explained. “That’s the largest amount of money ever given to any state, we’re talking about states and Puerto Rico, little different….so, I think the people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump.” read more