In a powerful and compelling speech given in Miami this week, President Trump praised victims of communism just before making the final move in reversing former President Obama’s “normalization” policy towards Cuba.
President Trump first listed and praised several Cuban individuals who strongly disagreed and courageously opposed the communism, to the point where their own lives were on the line. And then he signed his new policy towards Cuba, which puts into action a ban on tourism and the decades-old U.S. embargo of the country, and focuses on conducting an aid from the U.S. directly to the Cuban people.
“Last year, I promised to be a voice against repression. You went out and you voted, and here I am,” Trump told the audience Friday, according to Breitbart. “Now that I am president, America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime… Now we hold the cards.”
The president promised on using those cards in order to put pressure on the communist government that has harbored “cop killers, hijackers and terrorists,” and has “shipped arms to North Korea and fueled chaos in Venezuela.”
His administration’s policy toward Cuba would require the Castro regime to “put an end to the abuse of dissidents, release the political prisoners, stop jailing innocent people, open yourselves to political and economic freedoms, return the fugitives from American justice, including the return of the cop killer Joanne Chesimard” before America would be open to a deal.
In establishing a this strong new Cuban policy, our president cooperated with Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
“I am confident that I will be very pleased with what the president will announce Friday,” Rubio said earlier in the week, according to the Naples Daily News. “I want to support the Cuban people and their aspirations for economic and political freedom, and I always have been.”
Generally, this new policy mirrored rules the senator proposed in a 2015 legislation in order to ensure that any increase in U.S. resources to Cuba be given directly to the Cuban people, prohibiting any financial transactions with the Castro regime’s military and security services. This would help ensure that Cubans can “open private businesses and begin to build their country’s future,” Trump said in his speech.
Florida Senator Rubio was present during President Trump’s event, along with U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balar, a Miami Republican who’s also contributed in shaping the president’s new policy. The Senator went on highlighting the simple differences between President Trump’s approach to Cuba as compared to Obama’s, reports The Washington Examiner.
He explained the public just how meaningful is that when President Trump arrived in Miami, he was greeted by freedom fighters and dissidents and other people who suffered a great deal while in the hands of the communist Cuban regime.
“A year and a half ago, a president, an American president, landed in Havana, to outstretch his hand to a regime,” Rubio said. “Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba.”
Trump then continued with a passionate address to the victims of communism in Cuba and around the globe, expressing gratitude for being a “voice for the voiceless” and promising to hold Castro’s feet to the fire.
“This is the simple truth of the Castro regime: My administration will not hide from it, excuse it, or glamorize it, and we will never, ever be blind to it. We know what is going on and we remember what happened,” Trump promised.