Donald Trump issue a statement of support for the Cuban people, while blasting Biden for failing to stand up to the Communist regime.
“Big demonstrations are breaking out in Cuba and Miami in protest of the Communist Cuban Government (although, today there are zero protesters in Cuba—you know what that means!),” Trump stated.
“Don’t forget that Biden and the Democrats campaigned on reversing my very tough stance on Cuba,” he continued. “Remember when Obama attended baseball games with Castros while they imprisoned, beat, and killed the Cuban people.”
“I stand with the Cuban people 100% in their fight for freedom,” the statement went on. “The Government must let them speak and be free!”
“Joe Biden MUST stand up to the Communist regime or—history will remember,” Trump added. “The Cuban people deserve freedom and human rights! THEY ARE NOT AFRAID!”
The 45th president’s statement stands in sharp contrast with the Biden statement that was released on Monday.
“We stand with the Cuban people as they bravely assert their fundamental and universal rights, and as they all call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering,” the Twitter statement says.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted in a press conference it was not even personally issued by Biden.
“We, of course, are monitoring closely, you saw the statement the president — we put out in the president’s name this morning, in his voice of course, conveying his support for the people of Cuba,” Psaki said.
This carefully crafted response is missing two words: Socialism or Communism. This inherently “authoritarian” economic system is responsible for the economic hardship, suffering, and repression of the Cuban people.
It compounds the problematic statement from a State Department official on Sunday.
Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID cases/deaths & medicine shortages. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need.
— Brian A. Nichols (@WHAAsstSecty) July 11, 2021
“Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID cases/deaths & medicine shortages,” Julie Chung, the Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, tweeted. “We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need.”
One is only left to wonder how Donald Trump would have handled the Cuba uprising differently if he were still in the White House. His full-throated condemnation of communism couldn’t be more different than Joe Biden’s. It appears that the Democrats are once again content to let a people who have been oppressed by communists for decades get hung out to dry.
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