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ICYMI: Rubio and Díaz-Balart Warn Against Weak “Engagement” With Cuba

Jan 20, 2023 | Press Releases

Weak “Engagement” With Cuba Will End in Misery
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL)
January 20, 2023

…In the wake of a “law enforcement dialogue” between the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security and the Cuban regime, it appears Obama-era holdovers in this White House are doing everything in their power to reverse common-sense Trump-era policies, with the goal of lifting sanctions and removing Cuba from America’s state sponsors of terror list….

When President Obama attempted his appeasement of the Cuban regime, the result by any objective standard was total failure. If anything, the oppression appeared to get worse during Obama’s presidency…. None of this came as a surprise to those of us who are familiar with the Castro brothers and their puppet successor, Díaz-Canel. We know from experience that they use every gesture of international goodwill as an opportunity to strengthen their grip on power….

So why do Biden Administration officials insist on doing this all over again? It’s for the same reason that they want to normalize relations with Venezuela’s narco-dictator, Nicolás Maduro, and play nice with the Chinese Communist Party. Rooted in globalist economic theory and blinded by Marxist sympathies, they believe that “engagement” with dictators and the opening of markets will lead to universal liberty and prosperity.

History says otherwise. If we put appeasement into practice with Cuba, we will lose the leverage we need to prevent greater oppression…. We cannot forget that we are dealing with criminals who use illegal immigration as a weapon against the U.S., support international narco-terrorists…, and remain a staunch ally of America’s greatest adversaries….

President Biden must not lift sanctions on Cuba’s dictatorship or remove it from the state sponsors of terror list. There are real ways the U.S. can help the Cuban people…. The path of “engagement,” on the other hand, will help neither the Cuban people nor America. To the contrary, appeasing the Cuban dictatorship will only embolden and enrich the oppressors.

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