Jen Psaki was able to put some questions to rest at a Thursday press conference about where the White House stands on Cuba and the ideology of communism.
“Communism is a failed ideology, and we certainly believe that it has failed the people of Cuba,” she said at her press briefing. “They deserve freedom.”
“They deserve a government that supports them, whether that is making sure they have health and medical supplies, access to vaccines, or whether or not they have economic opportunity and prosperity,” she continued.
“And instead, this is been a government, an authoritarian communist regime, that has repressed its people and has failed the people of Cuba,” she added. “Hence we are seeing them in the streets.”
Psak then discussed Biden’s position on the Cuban situation.
“He has made clear that he stands with the Cuban people and their call for freedom from both the pandemic and from decades of repression and economic suffering to which they’ve been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” she add
A recent spontaneous uprising led to thousands of Cubans taking to the streets, which was repressed by the state police. Cuba has even cut off the Internet to prevent dissidents from communicating and to hide the regime’s repression.
On Wednesday, Psaki was confronted by Fox News’ Peter Doocy on whether the Biden administration can bring itself to say the “c-word” (communism) as being responsible for the Cuban’s plight.
Doocy first referred to an earlier statement about DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warning Cubans seeking to come to the United States: Do not come here “illegally.”
“Allow me to be clear, if you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States,” Mayorkas said. “Again, I repeat, do not risk your life attempting to enter the United States illegally. You will not come to the United States.”
Jen Psaki thumbed through her notes and said “it’s important to understand the context of what the Secretary was conveying yesterday.”
Of course, the ‘missing context’ is actually that the Democratic Party doesn’t want potential Republican voters coming to America, even if they are legitimately fleeing political persecution.
“It is still the case that it is not the way to come to the United States,” Psaki answered without a hint of irony, “is not through, through processes of trying to come to the border, that, without going through an asylum process, or coming by sea, without going through an asylum application process,” she stumbled. “There are certainly programs… through which that some have been, have not been reinstated, I should say, that were in place, put in place by the Trump administration that are being reviewed, as he said yesterday, that would apply to the individuals and the people of Haiti and the people of Cuba as well.”
Peter Doocy followed up on Psaki’s response.
“And as the Biden administration tries to figure out the root causes of migration to the country, don’t we know that the reason people want to leave Cuba is because they don’t like communism?” he asked.
She grinned and then held off on making a remark.
“I am not sure what your question is,” she claimed.
“Why are people leaving Cuba or what is the process for them getting here?” she asked.
“Again, do you think people are leaving Cuba because they don’t like communism?” Doocy repeated.
“I think we’ve been pretty clear… they are opposed to the oppression to the mismanagement of the government in the country,” she said.
No, what Psaki said on Thursday is being “pretty clear.” And it is about time someone in the Biden administration said it.
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