Rubio castigates calls for AOC and Sanders to lift US embargo on Cuba
Senator Marco Rubio on Monday criticized calls by Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to lift the decades-old US embargo on Cuba, saying supporters of the policy change “don’t know what they speak”.
“All they know is they’re just spitting out a left-wing talking point, because if you notice it, those are the same people who [say] time and time again, ‘It’s always America’s fault,’ “Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants and a Florida Republican, told Fox News'” Special Report. ”
“No matter what problem there is in the world, America is to blame for it. America has done something wrong. They don’t know what they are talking about,” he added.
After protesters calling for the overthrow of the Cuban Communist regime took to the streets of Havana and other cities on July 11, Sanders tweeted that the embargo, in effect since 1962, had “only hurt, not help, the Cuban people “.
Ocasio-Cortez remained silent until Thursday, when she released a statement expressing “solidarity” with the Cuban people and condemning the crackdown by the Havana government. She then focused on the embargo, describing it as “absurdly cruel” and “the United States’ contribution to Cuban suffering”.
“It is never acceptable for us to use cruelty as leverage against everyday [sic] people, ”she said.
“There are only two embargoes here,” Rubio said on Monday. “The embargo against public enterprises and the embargo that the Cuban regime imposes on its own people.
“Right now, if an independent contractor, if a small farm owner, if a consultant or an independent contractor in Cuba wants to do business with Americans, they can,” said the senator. “There’s no [US government] restriction on that. It is the Cuban regime that does not allow it… because it wants to control how much money people earn each month. This is the leverage they have on their heads. The people who give these opinions don’t know what they are talking about.
The Associated Press reported Monday evening that President Biden had ordered the State Department to consider increasing the staffing of the United States Embassy in Havana to help strengthen engagement with Cubans ordinary following demonstrations.
Biden also reportedly ordered the creation of a task force to review the United States’ remittance policy to ensure that the money Cuban Americans send home goes directly into the hands of their families without let the regime take a cut.
Rubio and other lawmakers have urged the White House to work with Congress to help make the internet more accessible on the island after the Cuban government blocked social media sites during the protests.
“Cuba is now fundamentally in a state of martial law,” Rubio told host Bret Baier. “In many large cities across the country, troops are stationed, security forces are stationed and the message is clear: they all continue to crack down on people.
He added: “These horrific reports that we have seen and received – of people being tortured, of people abducted from their homes and of their family members not knowing where they are – this is the model they are following. since a long time. The only difference between now and the past is that some of them are documented and posted on social media for the whole world to see. “
“What is clear now,” said the senator, “is that the rupture between the people and the regime is total, and that they have lost their legitimacy to govern, and this is the point. continue to make people understand “.