Trump: Because Of San Juan's Mayor, Puerto Rico Is Not Ready For Statehood

President Donald J. Trump and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló | October 19, 2017Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

President Trump said he would not support statehood for Puerto Rico until the U.S. territory acquires competent leaders.

President Donald Trump continued his feud with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Monday, saying he would not support Puerto Rican statehood until the territory is under competent leadership.

Via NBC Miami:

> "With the mayor of San Juan as bad as she is and as incompetent as she is, Puerto Rico shouldn't be talking about statehood until they get some people that really know what they're doing," Trump said in an interview with [Fox News’ Geraldo] Rivera's show on Cleveland's WTAM radio.

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> Trump said that when "you have good leadership," statehood for Puerto Rico could be "something they talk about. With people like that involved in Puerto Rico, I would be an absolute no."

Governor Ricardo Rossello, who supports statehood, accused Trump of minimizing the issue by playing politics.

> "The president said he is not in favor of statehood for the people of Puerto Rico based on a personal feud with a local mayor. This is an insensitive, disrespectful comment to over 3 million Americans who live in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico," Rossello said.

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> He also questioned how the president of the United States could be at the U.N. General Assembly promoting democracy around the world while "in his own home there is the oldest and most populated colonial system in the world."

For her part, Cruz accused the president of using the issue to divert attention from his administration’s “negligence” in its response to Hurricane Maria last year, saying it was a "great honor" to be singled out by Trump.

> "It highlights that he knows that while he was playing golf at Mar-a-Lago, I was up to my waist in water and human waste," during the storm.

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