The White House condemned Cuba’s communist government as a crackdown on protesters continued into the week.
“Communism is a failed ideology, and we certainly believe that it has failed the people of Cuba,” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday. “They deserve freedom.”
Outside of the White House, protesters chanted, “Free Cuba” for the fourth successive day as pressure inside mounted for a full-throated denouncement of the Cuban authorities.
President Joe Biden is facing scrutiny for his approach so far, with Democrats divided on their response. While some have urged the president to roll back sanctions on the country, a campaign promise, others back a hard-line tack.
The regime has heaped blame on the sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump, but this approach has the support of a crucial Cuban American voting bloc in the swing state Florida.
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