“Today a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba,” Rubio declared.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) praised President Donald Trump on Friday for his commitment to freedom for all Cuban people during a speech in Miami, FL.
“Six weeks ago in the Oval Office, the president of the United States, gathered with members of his Cabinet, made a very clear decision,” Rubio told the crowd. “We are going to do whatever it takes to empower the Cuban people so that they can free and live in a democracy, and have economic and policial liberties that they deserve like everyone else in this hemisphere deserves, and he has not faltered in that commitment.”
Rubio then told the crowd how he believes the commitment that Trump has shown to this cause has no precedent.
“It struck me, as [Air Force One] landed, and we were getting into the cars that brought us here, and we look at the president coming down the steps he was greeted by dissidents, by freedom fighters,” Rubio continued.
Rubio contradicted this with former President Obama’s trip to Cuba, which was met with loud boos from the audience.
“A year-and-a-half ago an American president landed in Havana to outstretch his hand to a regime,” Rubio explained. “Today a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba.”
This line was met with raucous applause from the audience.
“More than anything else this change empowers the people of Cuba, not the government, not the regime, but the people, so that they can enjoy the freedom and the liberty with a very clear message,” Rubio continued. “America is prepared to outstretch its hand and work with people of Cuba but we will not, we will not empower their oppressors.”
“You mark my words, whether it’s in six months or in six years Cuba will be free, and when it is, I believe that the people on the island and history will say that perhaps the key moment in that transition began,” Rubio concluded, “[o]n this day here in this theater with each of you, and with a president that was willing to do what needed to be done so that freedom and liberty return to the enslaved island of Cuba.”
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