EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is criticizing President Biden’s administration for its initial diagnosis on the causes of mass protests that broke out in Cuba on Sunday.
In a statement provided to Fox News, Rubio said more than 60 years of “socialist dictatorship and oppression, as well as extraordinary courage from the Cuban people, have led to this historic moment.”
His message was at odds with the State Department, which initially tied the historic protests in Cuba to COVID-19 concerns rather than the country’s communist government.
UNITED STATES – MAY 26: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., walks to the Senate subway after a vote in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. ( (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images))
Rubio slammed that charge – as well as the president’s silence over the weekend – as a “major failure.”
“Now more than ever, the Cuban people need our support as they fight for their freedom,” Rubio said.
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Fox News reached out to the State Department which referred to a statement by President Biden on Monday praising Cuban protesters for issuing a “clarion call for freedom and relief” and called on the Cuban government to allow for peaceful protests.
“We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” Biden said.
“The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights,” the president continued, adding tha
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