The rhetoric against President Donald Trump has officially gotten out of hand, after one town’s governor claimed he would get physical with the sitting U.S. president.
Ricardo Rosselló is the governor of Puerto Rico and has been harboring negativity against Trump since Hurricane Maria struck in 2017.
But when asked about potential outcomes between Rosselló’s officials and Donald Trump’s, Rosselló shared that, “If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth.”
The governor’s anger seems to stem from comments that President Trump made about potentially halting further disaster relief to the United States territory.
Sen. Marco Rubio has admitted that Trump stated the amount of relief funds spent on Puerto Rico “is way out of proportion to what Texas and Florida and others have gotten.”
The U.S. government has so far spent over $6 billion dollars giving aid to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
But that is not enough to satisfy Rosselló, who believes Trump “treats us as second-class citizens, that’s for sure.” He continued, “my consideration is I just want the opportunity to explain to him why the data and information he’s getting is wrong. I don’t think getting into a kicking and screaming match with the president does any good. I don’t think anyone can beat the president in a kicking and screaming match. What I am aiming to do is make sure reason prevails, that empathy prevails, that equality prevails and that we can have a discussion.”
Despite that confession Rosselló also said, “it would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with [lack of] courage.”
Trump has previously accused officials in Puerto Rico of misappropriating disaster relief funds to “pay off other obligations.”