The governor has refused to resign despite the mounting pressure against him.
President Trump on Monday blasted Puerto Rico's Ricardo Rosselló as “a terrible governor” just hours after the leader of the U.S. territory announced he would not seek re-election amid corruption allegations that have led to widespread protests across the island.
“The governor is not good,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “The U.S. gave Puerto Rico $92 billion and it’s in the hands of terrible and corrupt people…You have grossly incompetent leadership.”
Rosselló, a Democrat, made the announcement that he would not run in a Facebook video on Sunday, but added that he was not giving in to demands of protesters to step down from his post. He also said that he agreed with the people's right to protest and was willing to confront the impeachment process, which already has begun in Puerto Rico's legislature.
Many Puerto Ricans have been calling for Rosselló’s resignation after leaked online chats showed him insulting women and political opponents as well as mocking victims of Hurricane Maria, one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit the island territory.