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U.S. Rep. lauds Trump for actions on Cuba and Venezuela

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauding his administration for promoting democracy and countering dictatorships in the Western Hemisphere.

The letter — which was signed by 16 additional members of Congress including Florida U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz and Francis Rooney — singled out Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua as being run by dangerous despots, and it stated that U.S. policy must always mean extending solidarity to people engaged in a struggle for freedom.

“I, along with many of my colleagues, commend President Trump and his administration for imposing tough sanctions on the brutal dictatorships of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, and for his unwavering support of the Venezuelan, Cuban, and Nicaraguan people in their struggle for freedom, in contrast to the previous administration,” said Diaz-Balart. 

“These regimes actively support each other through intelligence sharing, petrol subsidies, trade deals, and more. I encourage President Trump to continue his effective policy of opposing tyranny throughout our hemisphere.”

The letter said that American policy under Trump has meant solidarity with the people struggling for democracy and tough sanctions on dictatorships that do not comply with the will of the international community. 

It said the U.S. has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid and democracy assistance to the people of Venezuela, and it stated that Trump’s administration was the first to recognize interim President Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader. In turn, a wave of other nations followed.

“Fifty-seven other countries followed America’s lead,” said the letter, “Further isolating the illegitimate [Nicolas] Maduro regime and providing official diplomatic recognition to the legitimate representative of the Venezuelan people.”

The letter also commends the Trump administration for promoting freedom and human rights for the people of Cuba and Nicaragua, and it faults the Barack Obama administration for its attempt to “normalize” Cuba.

The legislators also praise Trump for sanctioning more than 100 individuals connected to Venezuela, including Maduro, his wife and son and Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, and for sanctioning more than 200 companies controlled by Cuba after instituting the Department of State’s “Cuba Restricted List.”

Those various efforts, said the legislators, are part of an overall effort to counteract the dictatorships which have formed “a dangerous malignancy with tentacles that extend well beyond their borders.”

China has invested more than $70 billion in Venezuela since 2007, the letter states, and Iran has provided more than $1.6 billion in loans to Cuba since 2005. Diaz-Balart and his co-signers said they support the Trump administration’s policy to deny economic relief to dangerous and repressive regimes in the hemisphere.

“We oppose any calls for ending measures adopted by your administration against these tyrannical regimes,” the letter said, “As it would constitute a severe blow to the struggle for freedom at a time when those dictatorships are at their most desperate point.”

Spencer Fordin

Spencer Fordin grew up in Port Washington, N.Y. and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. Before working for FloridaPolitics.com, he spent 16 seasons with MLB.com and nearly three years as a general assignment reporter in the Cayman Islands. You can reach Spencer at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Edward Freeman

    August 13, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    The leaders of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua may well qualify as dictators.  (Although Nicaragua’s President has been voted both into and out of power by the people of Nicaragua so it seems like a stretch there)  However, none of them are anywhere close to as dangerous a dictator as Donald Trump’s boss and benefactor, Vladimir Putin.  These sycophant congressmen somehow left Mr. Putin’s name off of their list of dangerous dictators. 

  • S.B. Anthony

    August 13, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Stand against dictators? He just brokered a deal with his best bud, MBA, who praised
    MBS for murdering and butchering Kkashoggi. Trump is a wannabe dictator who has
    befriended every dictator in the world. Just because he’s pandering to South Florida’s
    Cubans for their votes doesn’t mean he stands up to dictators. Next thing we’ll hear is
    that he’s invading Cuba.

  • Pedro

    August 13, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Trump is unprincipled and only cares about his re-election. After he loses this November, he will falsely claim that there has been vote fraud and not want to leave. This will bring about protest. Trump is capable of leading us to a civil war. Trump’s friend, Vladimir Putin, is a despicable dictator. Trump’s behavior with the North Korean Communist dictator was a disgrace and an embarrassment.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 20, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Sir you are paranoid and delusional! Go to the bunker!

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