After Tumultuous Protests, Puerto Rico Governor Insists He Will Not Resign – The New York Times

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Facing intense pressure to resign, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló addressed Puerto Rico on Tuesday, the morning after tumultuous street protests shook the capital of San Juan, and refused to step down despite what he acknowledged was widespread public discontent.

“I understand perfectly that this was a message against me personally,” he said in a lengthy news conference at the governor’s mansion. But, he added: “I’m going to keep working for the people of Puerto Rico.”

Lawmakers from Mr. Rosselló’s governing New Progressive Party had said they were willing to give him time to reflect amid a political crisis that has overtaken his administration. Mr. Rosselló signaled on Tuesday that he had made up his mind to stay, though he would not say whether he would run for re-election in 2020 as planned.

The ongoing political convulsions on the island, including federal corruption arrests last week, prompted the White House to contend on Tuesday that President Trump had been right in the past to call Mr. Rosselló’s administration incompetent. Puerto Rico continues to seek billions of dollars in federal funds to recover from Hurricane Maria.


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