WATCH: Puerto Rico Governor Threatens Trump “I’ll Punch That Bully Right in the Mouth”

Ricardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico, made a violent threat against President Trump while speaking with CNN on Thursday, vowing to “punch” the US leader in regards to ongoing disputes over recovery funding.

“If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth,” said Rosselló, in reference to Trump and his administration having opposed further funding.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who sparred with Trump herself during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, said Rosselló is a “coward,” for previously having met with Trump.

President Trump’s supporters were similarly unimpressed with Rosselló, and surmised that his threat to attack the president was a boast the Puerto Rican Governor would be unable to fulfill.

From NBC News:

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Thursday that he won’t allow his officials to be bullied by the White House at a time when President Donald Trump and his administration have doubled down on their opposition to granting the island hurricane recovery funding.

“If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth,” Rosselló told CNN, referring to Trump.

His remarks come after the president told Republican legislators at a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting Tuesday that Puerto Rico had received too much money to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. The amount “is way out of proportion to what Texas and Florida and others have gotten,” Trump said, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

While Rosselló told CNN that “it would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage,” some critics questioned why the governor didn’t show this kind of “courage” when Trump first visited the disaster area in October 2017. During that visit, Trump said Puerto Rico was not a “real catastrophe” like Hurricane Katrina was in New Orleans.

“The governor is desperate because he knows that history will remember him as a coward,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who recently announced she is running for governor in 2020, said on Twitter. “When he had to, the governor of Puerto Rico praised the President. Realizing [now] that his complacent attitude towards Trump is hurting him politically, the governor pretends to be taking Trump on.”

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