President Joe Biden’s tepid response to sweeping protests in Cuba could squander a chance to reverse his party’s electoral fortunes in Florida, a crucial battleground state, according to South Florida Democrats and strategists.
The State Department has started to review a possible staff increase for the U.S. Embassy in Havana, kicking off a new working group to consider remittances for Cuban families, officials said. In remarks last week, Biden condemned the Cuban regime.
The protests, which last week swept the country and prompted dozens of arrests, were unexpected, a senior administration official said.
“In terms of whether the Cuban regime was caught unaware — I think all of us were caught unaware even though we knew that the level of oppression had increased,” the official said, calling the waves of demonstrations “spontaneous, in some ways, decentralized, but widespread.”
Democrats and Republicans have urged the president to take action, but