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DeSantis calls out Biden administration, says urgency is needed to help Cuban people – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Cuban-Americans proceed to demand democracy for the island nation and now their protests are getting consideration from members of Congress and the governor.

On Thursday morning, U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met with native representatives, neighborhood leaders and different House Republicans for a roundtable dialogue at Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine in downtown Doral.

“I think when you look around the country, South Florida is the place you look to for people who understand the meaning of freedom,” mentioned DeSantis. “We have, really, a unique opportunity for the first time in 62 years, a real chance for a popular uprising and an end to the dictatorship.”


President Joe Biden and his administration have laid out a number of potential strikes that would help the state of affairs in Cuba, however McCarthy, DeSantis and different GOP leaders are saying it is simply not sufficient.

Thursday’s meeting was a part of a tour that included a rally within the coronary heart of South Florida’s Cuban exile neighborhood. Those GOP leaders spoke to a crowd in Little Havana on Wednesday.

“What we’re all demanding is solidarity from the White House, action from the White House,” mentioned Representative Mario Diaz-Balart. “As of now, it seems that they only want to listen to the folks who have been the apologists for the regime.”

In late July, Biden proposed the growth of web within the island nation to hold the Cuban people related with the remainder of the world.

He additionally known as for the addition of extra personnel on the U.S. Embassy in Havana and sanctions on the Cuban authorities.

“We’re going to continue to add sanctions on individuals who carry out the regime’s abuses,” President Biden beforehand mentioned. “I’ve directed the State Department and Treasury Department to provide me in one month recommendations of how to maximize the flow of remittances to the Cuban people without the Cuban military taking their cut.”

Republican leaders insist these efforts aren’t sufficient.

“So far, there’s been a lack of leadership,” mentioned DeSantis. “There’s been no sense of urgency, there’s been no desire to seize the moment and quite frankly, I feel that they are just kind of hoping it all just goes away.”

“I don’t care what President Biden says. I never do care what President Biden says. I only care what he does,” mentioned Rep. Carlos Gimenez.

The panel that met on Thursday morning additionally mentioned comparable points in nations like Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Biden mentioned he and his administration are taking a look at potential additional actions to tackle the state of affairs in Cuba.

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