May 17, 2022

Biden Slammed for Expanding Flights to Cuba: ‘Major Security Threat’

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By Lydia Nusbaum

May 17, 2022 Updated 9:40 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) –  Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez said the Biden Administration’s decision to remove flight rules on Cuba and loosen remittance is a ‘major security threat’ to the United States of America. 

“The recent action by the Biden administration to expand flights to Cuba, which is a major security threat to the United States, enriches the regime and hurts the freedom-seeking people on the island,” Nunez said on Twitter

The Biden Administration reportedly said it will expand flights to Cuba, loosen restrictions on U.S. travelers to the island, and lift restrictions on remittances that immigrants can send to people on the island.

“With these actions, we aim to support Cubans’ aspirations for freedom and for greater economic opportunities so that they can lead successful lives at home,” State Department spokesman Ned Price added.

“We continue to call on the Cuban government to immediately release political prisoners, to respect the Cuban people’s fundamental freedoms and to allow the Cuban people to determine their own futures.”

A series of protests broke out on the island last July as Cubans chanted “freedom” and cried out against the communist government for food shortages and the economic crisis on the island. Some protesters were jailed for up to 30 years.

U.S. Senator Rick Scott, R-Florida, announced he would hold all relevant Biden nominees until Joe Biden’s “appeasement of the illegitimate communist regime” is reversed. 

“Joe Biden’s appeasement of the illegitimate communist Cuban regime is DISGUSTING. The administration claims they are helping the people but have done NOTHING to secure the freedom of political prisoners like José Daniel Ferrer, who are subjected to physical and psychological torture in an attempt to end their life,” Scott said. 

Leaders in congress, including Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and Florida U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, released a joint statement calling out the Biden administration for “appeasing Cuba’s murderous regime.”

“Rather than supporting their pleas for freedom by expanding democracy programming, broadcasting, global diplomacy, and sanctions against their oppressors, the Biden White House is rewarding the Western Hemisphere’s longest ruling communist dictatorship with high level talks, easing sanctions, increased travel, and access to U.S. financial institutions. Appeasing Cuba’s murderous regime does not comply with the statutory requirements in U.S. law and undercuts America’s support for Cuba’s democratic opposition,” the lawmakers said.

“Since the July 11th protests, instead of standing with the freedom-loving people of Cuba, Joe Biden has shown weakness and cowardice – bowing to the demands of a murderous regime instead of standing for democracy and human rights,” Scott said.

“It is sickening and why I will be holding ALL relevant nominees that have been reported favorably by committees to the Senate Floor until the decision is reversed.”

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