HAVANA – Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel said on Friday that the United States, not Cuba, was a failed state, reacting to remarks made the day before by US President Joe Biden following unprecedented protests over the ‘Isle.
Biden called the Communist-led country a “failed state” that “represses its citizens,” dashing hopes that it could soon lift the crippling sanctions that have contributed to Cuba’s worst economic crisis in decades.
Biden, a Democrat, had sworn during his presidential campaign to ease some of the sanctions against Cuba toughened by his predecessor Donald Trump, a Republican. But analysts say the protests have complicated its political leeway to do so.
“A failed state is one which, in order to please a reactionary and blackmailing minority, is capable of harming 11 million people,” Díaz-Canel wrote. on Twitter.
Cuban officials and many analysts claim that US policy towards Cuba is driven by the Cuban-American anticommunist community which has a strong influence on the swing state of Florida, and not by the interests of the Cuban people.
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“The United States has failed in its attempts to destroy Cuba despite billions of dollars spent to do so,” Díaz-Canel said in his Twitter feed, also lambasting Washington for its high death toll from COVID-19, the violence police, racism and “the shameful record of wars”.