When will former President Barack Obama realize that he is just that, a former President?
He continues to make his rounds, giving speeches in support of Democrats running in the upcoming midterm elections. Now he has told Florida voters that they must make their votes count by helping make life better for residents of Cuba… not residents of the United States.
While speaking at a Miami rally on Friday, the former President showed his support for Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum. Gillum is going up against Republican Ron DeSantis for the governor position. Obama stated that both Gillum and Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat looking to be elected for a fourth term in tomorrow’s election, have the correct “pro-Cuba approach.”
The former President stated, “We need to get back to politics that’s for the Cuban people, make their lives better. That’s change.”
In 2016, Obama paid Cuba a visit as an attempt to hold up his policy of normalizing relations with the island. Since then, President Trump has reversed the policy. This past Thursday, the Trump White House made the announcement that they would be expanding sanctions against the island nation. This caused the Cuban government to have a meltdown.
“All that does is hurt families and entrepreneurs who are trying to open up the Cuban economy,” Obama claimed.
Obama stated that Florida voters should not listen to the Republican “fear-mongering.”
“The point is, Florida, they make stuff up,” he stated. “But also, the problem is, too often, we fall for it. Too often, we fall for the distractions.”
Cuban officials also spoke negatively about the new sanctions.
“We energetically reject these measures which will impact the economy and country’s development on top of the impact of the economic blockade,” stated Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, Director of United Statesnaffairs in Cuba’s foreign ministry, as reported by Reuters.
“They will fail. They will not break the will of Cubans,” he stated.
National Security Adviser John Bolton made comments, however, that indicated that the White House won’t be changing their tune in terms of the “hard-line” approach, reports the Hill.
“In Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, we see the perils of poisonous ideologies left unchecked, and the dangers of domination and suppression,” Bolton stated on Thursday while giving a speech at Miami Dade College’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower.
“The Troika of Tyranny in this Hemisphere — Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua — has finally met its match,” Bolton went on.
During the speech, he condemned the former President’s Havana visit.
“We will not glamorize Marxist guerillas to promote a delusion of our own glory. Our concern is with sanctions, not selfies,” Bolton said.
Western Journal Politics reports:
After the United Nations voted last week to condemn America’s embargo against Cuba, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley criticized the world body, Fox News reported.
“Our reason for the embargo is and has always been Cuba’s denial of freedom and the denial of the most basic of human rights for the Cuban people,” she said. “The United States will continue to stand with the Cuban people until their rights and their freedoms are restored. Period. We won’t back down.”
Haley also accused countries of acting from anti-U.S. bias rather than from concern for the Cuban people: “It’s one more time that countries feel they can poke the United States in the eye. But you’re not hurting the U.S. when you do this. You are literally hurting the Cuban people by telling the regime that their treatment of their people is acceptable.”