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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Cuba

Biden Discusses Cuba, Venezuela in Interview With NBC 6

Published September 2, 2020 • Updated on September 2, 2020 at 2:43 pm


Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden discussed Latin-American politics during a one-on-one interview with NBC 6 anchor Jackie Nespral.

Among the topics discussed was the frozen relationship between the United States and Cuba. In the last four years, the Trump administration has reversed many, if not all, Obama-era policies in relation to Cuba that were put in place in 2016. Some of these policies include placing restrictions on travel and tourism and cutting the staff in the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

Biden said that if he is elected president, he will bring back those policies set by then President Obama and work to repair the relationship which has been on the rocks for more than 50 years.

“I am trying to reverse the failed Trump policies that have inflicted harm to Cubans and their families. He has done nothing to advance democracy and human rights," Biden said. "My plan, is to pursue a policy advancing interest and empowering the Cuban people to freely determine their own outcome and future.”

The crisis in Venezuela is also on the minds of many here in South Florida. Recently the president drew controversy from lawmakers, after saying he’d be open to meeting with Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.

Biden called President Trump’s approach to Venezuela a failure and said if he wins the election this November, he would extend and provide temporary protected status for Venezuelans.

"It is an abject failure since he took office. Nicolás Maduro has gotten stronger, Venezuela's people are worse off, living in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. The country is no closer to a free election," Biden said. "Trump’s incoherent approach has eliminated international partners, has alienated partners and undermined the cause of democracy and his policy has failed to eliminate human suffering for millions of Venezuelan Americans.”

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/politics/decision-2020/biden-discusses-cuba-venezuela-in-interview-with-nbc-6/2287217/



What Kamala Harris thinks about Cuba On Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden announced Senator Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California, will be his running mate, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Last year, Sen. Harris responded to a Tampa Bay Times survey asking questions about Florida-specific issues, including Cuba policy. Asked whether she would continue or end the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, Sen. Harris’ staff responded “Senator Harris believes we should end the failed trade embargo and take a smarter approach that empowers Cuban civil society and the Cuban-American community to spur progress and freely determine their own future.” Shortly after the official announcement, a group of Cuban-American Biden supporters, Cubanos con Biden, reacted positively to Sen. Harris’ nomination. They tweeted that reason number 84 out of 90 that Cubans should vote for Democrats in November is because Sen. Harris is the daughter of immigrants and she is an Afro-Caribbean and Asian-American woman who understands the challenges of the immigrant community in the U.S. Democrats in Florida, a critical swing state. Fernand Amandi, a Democratic strategist and pollster from Miami, stated “Kamala Harris has no baggage with Hispanic voters [in Florida].” Sen. Harris was a co-sponsor of the Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act which would prohibit U.S. citizens from being restricted from traveling to Cuba in 2017 and most recently in 2019 .

-- Center for Democracy in the Americas, U.S, Cuba News Brief



NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC JOURNALISTS / NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS

LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO: (32:41)

ARE YOU GOING TO REENGAGE WITH CUBA THOUGH? I MEAN, I’M SPECIFICALLY WONDERING ABOUT THE FLORIDA COMMUNITIES THAT ARE INCREDIBLY INTERESTED IN THE CUBA ISSUE AND SEE STATUS GIVEN TO VENEZUELANS WHILE CUBANS ARE BEING DEPORTED. SO WILL YOU ENGAGE WITH CUBA?

JOE BIDEN: (33:03)

THE ANSWER IS YES. YES. YES.

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Q2. SHOULD THE U.S. WORK TO BROKER A REGIME CHANGE IN VENEZUELA?

Biden: The United States should not be in the business of regime change. Nicolás Maduro is a dictator, plain and simple, but the overriding goal in Venezuela must be to press for a democratic outcome through free and fair elections, and to help the Venezuelan people rebuild their country. The international community also has a responsibility to help Venezuela’s neighbors like Colombia to manage the grave humanitarian crisis created by the millions of Venezuelan migrants who’ve fled the country. As president, I would also grant Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans in the United States.

Q9. WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CUBA?

Biden: Americans – and especially Cuban-Americans – can be our best ambassadors for freedom in Cuba. Therefore, as president, I will promptly reverse the failed Trump policies that have inflicted harm on the Cuban people and done nothing to advance democracy and human rights.



BEAUTIFUL VIDEO OF JILL BIDEN'S VISIT TO CAMAGUEY
AND HAVANA, PRODUCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE    https://youtu.be/hc6NiDbVepI  

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