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Shepard Smith Gives Puerto Rico Governor Bruising Interview: Your People ‘Want You Out’

Fox Information’ Shepard Smith pulled no punches Monday throughout Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s first one-on-one interview since protests erupted towards his scandal-plagued administration earlier this month.

Within the almost 20-minute grilling, Smith pressed the governor on his refusal to resign after a handful of presidency officers have been hit with federal corruption fees and lots of of Rosselló’s on-line chats have been leaked, revealing he mocked Hurricane Maria victims and tossed round misogynistic and homophobic remarks.

“Attacks on women, attacks on gays, attacks on the dead relatives of your own residents across your own island ― after all that, who’s left to support you?” Smith requested. “And is it even safe for you to continue to attempt to govern?”

“I’ve apologized for that. I’m making amends for all those efforts,” Rosselló responded, claiming he was dedicated to “battling” the very corruption that has thrived beneath his tenure.

On July 10, the FBI arrested former Puerto Rico Well being Insurance coverage Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero and former Schooling Secretary Julia Keleher, together with two businessmen and two training contractors. Collectively, they’re accused of funneling $15.5 million in federal {dollars} to unqualified contractors with political connections. 

The identical week, Puerto Rico’s Middle for Investigative Journalism launched the trove of damning on-line chats.

″The corruption was in your individual administration,” Smith instructed Rosselló. “And five people who were on those chats, you got rid of all of them. They are now out of the government, but you remain. Doesn’t the buck stop with your office, governor?”

Nonetheless, the governor didn’t again down from his plans to stay in workplace, declaring that Puerto Ricans elected him, regardless of the hundreds of demonstrators who now need him gone.

“You’re a man on an island by yourself,” Smith mentioned. “How long can you stay there?”

Once more, Rosselló argued he wanted to remain to battle corruption and “follow through on some of the efforts that I established for the people of Puerto Rico.”

Nonetheless, questioned repeatedly by Smith to determine a single one who helps him remaining on the job, the governor might give you only one title ― San Sebastián Mayor Javier Jiménez.

Rosselló introduced Sunday in a Fb video that he wouldn’t search reelection however supposed to complete out his time period by way of 2020.

“I’ve made mistakes, and I apologize,” he mentioned, in line with a translation from BuzzFeed. “To every Puerto Rican man and woman, I have heard you and I hear you today.”