Florida Rep. Mario Balart-Diaz (R) blasted President Biden over the lack of response in Cuba since the historic summer protests that broke out, adding that his silence approach is “worsening the situation” and invited the “unholy alliance” of China, Iran, and Russia to influence the Communist regime.
“The tyranny and the dictatorships in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are not the only problems for those countries and those peoples, but it’s also a national security threat to the United States. And what we’re seeing is Iran and China and Russia increasing their presence, increasing their influence in our own hemisphere. And where is President Biden? He’s nowhere to be found. And not only is he nowhere to be found, on the contrary, what he’s actually doing is worsening the situation,” Diaz-Balart told the Floridian Tuesday following a news conference on Cuba Protests in the Capitol Tuesday morning.
The Florida congressman, who is of Cuban descent, likened how Biden has worsened the situation and empowered the unholy alliance to his first order of business with his signing of an executive order to shut down the Keystone Pipeline that has heavily contributed to the skyrocketing cost of gas prices in recent months.
“When you by executive order basically shut down production of domestic energy, what you’re doing is helping directly Iran and Russia and others. So here, the president shuts down domestic production, and then he begs OPEC and Russia to increase their production of oil when prices in the United States obviously go up. So the steps that he’s taken are not only detrimental, obviously, you know, you see inflation skyrocket here, but it’s also empowering China, Iran, and Russia around the planet,” Diaz-Balart said.
“So by empowering China, Iran, and Russia specifically, including in this hemisphere, it is exceedingly dangerous to the national security interests of the United States,” he added.
Diaz-Balart has been vocal with his dissatisfaction with Biden’s response to the protests in Cuba. The protests in Cuba — the largest in decades over the brutally oppressive rule saw a lack of response from Biden, especially a lack of solidarity with Cuban Americans in Florida.
Biden has done the bare minimum in maintaining a tougher stance on the Cuban government. Since the protests broke out, Biden’s actions have been primarily symbolic than in helping the Cuban protestors. The president has only ordered sanctions against three separate Cuban government officials, along with the Cuban National Revolutionary Policy and the “Black Beret,” a special unit of government forces.