Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló

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WATCH: ‘I'll punch the bully in the mouth,’ Puerto Rico governor warns Trump

Trump responded Thursday in defense of his support of Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria.

March 29, 2019 - 10:37 am

WASHINGTON (KFTK) — Attempts to be diplomatic with President Trump have apparently gone out the window for Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló as he made threatening remarks toward the Commander in Chief in an interview with CNN Thursday.

“If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth,” Rosselló said when asked whether it “sometimes” feels like he’s dealing with a “bully” in regards to Trump and receiving disaster relief funding.

“It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy and courage,” Rosselló continued.

The brazen governor also made the comment, “(Trump) treats us as second-class citizens, that’s for sure.”

“And my consideration is, I just want to have the opportunity to explain to him why the data and information that he’s getting is wrong,” Rosselló said. “I don’t think getting into a kicking and screaming match with the president does any good. I don’t think anybody can beat the president on a kicking and screaming match.”

Watch the interview here:

Trump responded Thursday in defense of his support of the island territory in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

"Puerto Rico has been taken better care of by Donald Trump than by any living human being," Trump told reporters, according to AP.

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