Panama City, FL –
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) – Governor Ron DeSantis told young Cuban military personnel to “live in the history books” by toppling their country’s Communist leaders as he pushed the President Joe Biden to restore access to Wi-Fi to people protesting against the island nation.
DeSantis, appearing in Miami on Thursday, reiterated his demand for the White House to allow Florida to restore internet access in Cuba, amid widespread protests against the worsening economic crisis.
When asked if he would support the US government’s “intervention” in Cuba, the Republican governor suggested that it would be better for members of the Cuban military to take action.
“The best role for the army is for the Cuban army to realize that the time is up. You cannot continue to auction off a repressive dictatorship that does not rule with the consent of the governed, ”DeSantis, joined by Republican MP Maria Elvira Salazar and Federal Communications Commission member Brendan Carr, told reporters. at the press conference on Thursday at noon.
Pressure for Biden to intervene intensified after Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel allegedly cut internet access to the island nation, located 90 miles south of Florida.
“Clearly this is a dictatorship that has lost – not that they ever had it – but clearly they don’t have the consent of the governed now,” DeSantis said. “And so, I think the best thing would be for these servicemen, especially some of the young servicemen, to understand that you can really be heroic in this area, you can play a decisive role in the founding of a free Cuba, the rebuilding. the country and a free republic, and that will be something that will help millions of people, and it will be something that will make you live in the history books.
DeSantis said the White House has yet to respond to its Wednesday request for the restoration of internet access on the island.
In his letter, DeSantis noted that without the Internet, Cubans are unable to communicate with the rest of the world – and with each other – about what is happening on the ground.
“The technology exists to provide remote Internet access to Cuba, using innovation from the American company and the various industries here,” DeSantis wrote. “Similar to the American efforts to broadcast radio to the Soviet Union during the Cold War in Europe, the federal government has always supported the dissemination of information to Cuba for the Cuban people through Radio & Televisión Martí, located in Miami. , in addition to sending information, our efforts must include creating a way for the Cuban people to speak to the world. ”
During a White House press briefing Thursday, Biden spokeswoman Jenn Psaki said the Biden administration was conducting a review of federal policies that provide humanitarian aid without “lining the pockets” of Cuban communist leaders.
“Lack of access to the Internet, as you know… is a huge problem in Cuba and a very difficult problem for the Cuban people so that they can have access to accurate information, that they can correspond to the members of their community. family and others, ”she said. “We’re definitely looking at this to see what can be done to fix (the problem). But with regard to this specific proposition, I have no evaluation on it.
DeSantis and other allies of Cuban citizens have urged the White House to act quickly.
“We need their support,” said Salazar. “And we need – as the governor said – the green light. If they do it now, we’ll do the rest.
Salazar also said that, if the federal government is unwilling to pay for connections abroad, “the Cuban-American community will.”
Carr, a person appointed by former President Donald Trump, said the technology was available to restore internet access on the island. Suggestions on how to achieve this include floating balloons that would allow Wi-Fi access and, as DeSantis suggested on Thursday, using the U.S. Embassy in Havana.
“If President Biden says he’s behind this effort, I have no doubt that American free enterprise can move mountains and achieve it,” Carr said.
Meanwhile, the Florida Democratic Progressive Caucus has urged the White House to end U.S. embargoes on Cuba, which they say rob the island’s citizens of resources and contribute to deteriorating infrastructure and limited access to food and basic needs.
As cowardly politicians like (US Senator) Marco Rubio and Miami City Mayor Francis Suarez try to score cheap political points by calling for ridiculous Twitter bans and twisted fantasy airstrikes they know that they will never come, the DPCF demands the one thing the United States has the power to do right now that we know will immediately and measurably improve the lives of the suffering Cuban people. island, ”the caucus said in a statement Thursday.
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