September 10, 2020

FACT CHECK: Joe Biden Lies About President Trump’s Cuba Record to Distract From His Own Failures

During a recent appearance on NBC 6 Miami, Joe Biden showed that he is nothing more than a puppet of the Castrochavistas who control his campaign, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. During his interview, Biden promised to return to the failed Obama-Biden policy of appeasing Latin American socialist dictators and then lied about President Trump’s strong record on Cuba in order to distract from his own failures.

  • Biden’s campaign is repeating talking points from Cuba’s Communist Party. According to El Nuevo Herald, the Biden campaign’s attacks against President Trump are “similar to that of Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel and the newspaper Granma, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party.”
  • Biden won’t even stand up to the communists and socialists in his own party. The notion that Joe Biden is going to get tough on the Castro regime is laughable. The man is as soft as your abuela’s flan and won’t even stand up to the leftists in his own party—quite the opposite, actually. Biden has embraced socialist Bernie Sanders’s Castro-inspired agenda, gave Maduro-apologist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a speaking role at the DNC Convention, and seriously considered communist Rep. Karen Bass as his running mate even though she once led the Marxist Brigada Venceremos, a group created by Fidel Castro himself.
  • Human rights violations in Cuba increased under Biden's watch. In 2016 alone, there were nearly 10,000 politically-motivated arrests on the island, including 500 during the 72 hours that Obama spent on the island.
  • Religious persecution increased tenfold under the Obama-Biden appeasement policy. Cases of religious persecution in Cuba increased from 220 in 2014 to 2,300 in 2015 after the Obama-Biden rapprochement with the Cuban dictatorship.
  • Biden and Obama weakened sanctions on Cuban regime officials. One of the horrors of Joe Biden’s failed policy toward Cuba is that he and Barack Obama went out of their way to loosen sanctions that only applied to officials of Cuba’s Communist Party. According to the Congressional Research Service, in October 2016, Biden and Obama weakened long-standing U.S. prohibitions on remittances to regime officials. 
  • President Trump’s policies targeted the Cuban military, not the Cuban people. Joe Biden and his campaign have consistently lied about President Trump’s record on Cuba.
    • Under President Trump, Cuban Americans can send remittances to their families. Contrary to Joe Biden’s lies, President Trump’s policy allows Americans to send up to $4,000 per year to a Cuban on the island, which is 10 times the average annual wage in Cuba. In addition, the Trump Administration’s caps on remittances do not apply to the island’s fledgling private sector or pro-democracy groups.
    • President Trump has sanctioned the Cuban military. President Trump’s Cuba policy has centered on denying American currency to the island’s military-run tourism monopoly. Notwithstanding current pauses on travel due to COVID-19, Cuban Americans can continue visiting their relatives on the island. 

It's not surprising that Joe Biden is resorting to lying about President Trump’s Cuba policy, as polls show the President crushing him among Florida's highly influential Cuban American community.

Sadly for him, Cuban Americans strongly reject socialism and will continue standing with President Trump on November 3.