Joe Biden

Readout of White House Listening Session with Cuban American Leaders

July 19, 2021

Today, Senior Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond and Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere for the National Security Council Juan Gonzalez met with Cuban American leaders to listen to their policy recommendations and concerns in light of the recent, unprecedented demonstrations unfolding across Cuba. Administration officials underscored that the White House is monitoring the situation in Cuba closely and that addressing the moment and ongoing situation in Cuba is a top priority for the Administration. They also affirmed what the President said last week: that the demonstrations are the direct result of a failed communist government, and reminded the leaders that the President stands firmly with the people of Cuba. Stakeholders shared what they've done over the last week to help elevate the voices of demonstrators in Cuba and provided their recommendations for how the U.S. government can help. Today's was the latest event in ongoing work the White House has done to reach Cuban American leaders following the historic demonstrations.

Joseph R. Biden, Readout of White House Listening Session with Cuban American Leaders Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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