Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the protests have "not gone unnoticed."
Demonstrators have been calling for Rosselló to resign after 900 pages of misogynistic and homophobic messages between him and his advisors were leaked. Officers sprayed tear gas on protesters during an intense stand-off in front of the governor's mansion on Wednesday night.
Rosselló tweeted a statement Thursday that said "I recognize the challenge that I have before me because of the recent controversies, but I firmly believe that it is possible to restore confidence and that we will be able, after this painful process, to achieve reconciliation."
He also said "I have the commitment, stronger than ever, to carry out the public policy."
CNN correspondent Leyla Santiago tweeted a translation of the statement.
Read it in English:
Rosselló's original statement in Spanish: