President Joe Biden distanced himself from socialism amid protests against the Cuban government on the Caribbean island as he admitted U.S. troops were unlikely to be deployed to Haiti after the assassination of Cuba’s president.
“Communism is a failed system, universally failed system. I don’t see socialism as a very useful substitute. But that’s another story,” Biden told reporters Thursday.
That comment came just hours after White House press secretary Jen Psaki described communism as “a failed ideology.” She had sidestepped a question 24 hours before on whether communism was to blame for Cubans wanting to flee their country, referring only to “oppression” and “mismanagement.”
Reporters pushed Biden on the unrest in Cuba and Haiti during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday.
Biden admitted helping the Cuban people was complicated by allegations of government corruption. However, the United States