op ed in the New York Times by two important advisors of the Biden
foreign policy team.
Still Has 70 Days to Wreak Havoc Around the World
A few words in Mr.
Biden’s inaugural speech about his commitment to multilateralism, diplomacy and
human rights would set the right tone. On Nov. 4, the Trump administration officially
withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, but Mr. Biden
can easily rejoin it on his first day in office, as
he has vowed to do. He can prevent our withdrawal from the World Health
Organization, which doesn’t take effect until July 2021. The new president can
also restore President
Barack Obama’s Cuba policy, reaffirm the United States’ commitment to NATO,
and replace Mr. Trump’s partisan and often unqualified appointees.
But there is only so much low-hanging fruit, not least because the Trump administration has been working relentlessly to make many policies as difficult to reverse as possible.
Robert Malley is the president and chief executive of the International Crisis Group. Philip H. Gordon is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of “Losing the Long Game: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East.” They served in the Obama administration and as informal advisers to the Biden-Harris campaign.
Democrat Joe Biden is making a direct pitch to Florida’s Latino voters by attacking President Donald Trump’s handling of Cuba and Venezuela.
Speaking at a drive-in rally in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Biden said Trump is “the worst possible standard-bearer for democracy” in places like Cuba and Venezuela.
The president, Biden said, “can’t advance democracy and human rights” in Cuba or Venezuela “when he has embraced so many autocrats around the world.” And he said that the Trump administration’s decision to reimpose trade and travel sanctions on Cuba “isn’t working,” declaring that “Cuba is no closer to freedom and democracy today than it was four years ago.”
Florida’s sizable and diverse Latino population could be key to Biden’s chances in Florida, a state that remains a must-win for Trump. While the state’s Cuban population has traditionally trended Republican, Democrats believe they have an opening with Florida’s Cubans because of Trump’s move to freeze relations with the nation and the changing demographics of the population.
Biden set the stakes for voters at the rally, telling them, “If Florida goes blue, it’s over!
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.”