Biden could send more staff to US Embassy in Havana to support Cuban people: senior administration official

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President Biden plans to increase the staffing of the United States Embassy in Havana and form a group to funnel funds to the Cuban people, a senior administration official told FOX News on Monday.

“On July 11, the world saw tens of thousands of Cuban citizens marching through Havana and the cities of Cuba, courageously asserting their basic and universal rights and demanding freedom and relief from the oppression of Cuba’s authoritarian regime. “Said the senior administration official. “The Biden-Harris administration is and will continue to stand with the Cuban people.”

The president calls on the government to actively pursue measures to support the Cuban people and to hold the ruling regime accountable, the official said.

Republicans have repeatedly accused the Biden administration of doing too little to help the Cuban people confront the Communist dictatorship.

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In addition to asking the State Department to review staffing levels at the embassy to facilitate diplomatic and civilian engagement, the administration is looking for ways to engage the private sector to make the internet more widely accessible to residents of the United States. country. He is also looking for ways to increase humanitarian aid to Cuba and will continue to designate Cuban officials responsible for violent repression and human rights violations.

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Earlier this month, the Cuban people staged the most widespread protests the country has seen in decades against food and medicine shortages, as well as power outages. The protests turned violent when the participants clashed with the police.

Over the weekend, President Miguel Díaz-Canel gathered supporters in the streets and delivered a speech in which he partly blamed the US embargo for the unrest.

Patrick Ward of Fox News contributed to this report.

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