Puerto Rico is a mess and there is no end in sight to the corruption. The Governor is facing mounting protests to resign amind another scandal.
A few weeks ago the FBI arrested former secretary of education and five other people for corruption around steering business to unqualified contractors.
Trump went after the Mayor of San Juan Yulim Cruz as well calling her corrupt and untrustworthy.
From The Hill: President Trump on Thursday denounced Puerto Rico’s leaders as “corrupt” amid massive protests demanding the resignation of the island territory’s governor.
“I know the people of Puerto Rico well, and they are great. But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind!” Trump tweeted.
The president said Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is “under siege” and called San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a vocal Trump critic, a “despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance.”
He also repeated his incorrect claim the island received $92 million in disaster relief after Hurricane Maria.
“A lot of bad things are happening in Puerto Rico,” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s messages come after days of protests in which demonstrators have called on Rosselló to resign over a leaked group chat containing crude messages between him and his aides. The crisis has been heightened by the arrests of two top officials on corruption charges.
From NBC: Puerto Rico’s former secretary of education and five other people have been arrested on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors.
Federal officials said Wednesday that the FBI has arrested former Education Secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero, businessman Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who are sisters. They face 32 counts of money laundering, fraud and other related charges.
FBI director Douglas Leff also confirmed the arrest of businessman Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, who was also indicted, during a press conference Wednesday morning.
According to Leff, Velázquez Piñol went to the sheriff’s office in Connecticut, where he lives, and turned himself in.
The alleged fraud involves $15.5 million in federal funding between 2017 and 2019. Thirteen million was spent by the Department of Education during Keleher’s time as secretary, while $2.5 million was spent by the insurance administration when Ávila was the director.
Keleher, a native of Philadelphia, drew controversy during her two-year tenure as the island’s education secretary. She closed hundreds of schools, citing the realities of a shrinking student population. She also implemented the island’s first charter school, hoping to expand these schools’ presence.
….of which was squandered away or wasted, never to be seen again. This is more than twice the amount given to Texas & Florida combined. I know the people of Puerto Rico well, and they are great. But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019