On Friday, White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer addressed a reporter’s question concerning the Trump administration’s new policy toward Cuba. And in keeping with tradition, Spicer’s answer once again managed to highlight Trump’s hypocrisy.
According to Spicer, Trump’s team is currently conducting a “full review” of America’s foreign policy regarding Cuba. He said the president intends to look at “all” angles but wants to give particular focus to Cuba’s human rights record.
Trump’s been very critical of former President Barack Obama’s deal with the Cuban government, which managed to begin the process of normalizing relations between two former cold war rivals after over 50 years of tense relations. In the past, Trump has signaled taking a harder line approach to Cuba, even threatening to undo Obama’s deal and return U.S. relations back to its previous status. During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to “re-negotiate” Obama’s Cuban deal and insist that Cuba meets certain “demands” before he considers normalizing relations. Those demands included “political and religious freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners.”
While Trump’s tough stance on Cuba’s human rights might seem encouraging, his personal track record when it comes to advocating violence against his political enemies and foreign terrorists appears to indicate that the president may be hurling stones from inside a glass house.
In the past, Trump has advocated violence against protesters at his political rallies. At one rally when addressing his supporters regarding a protester, he told them.
“They used to treat them very, very rough, and when they protested once, they would not do it again so easily,” he said, before lamenting “we’ve become weak.”
“Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.”
On other occasions, Trump had enthusiastically endorsed making the practice of torture official U.S. policy. During an interview with ABC News, President Trump reiterated his long-held position on torture.
“I’ve spoken as recently as twenty-four hours ago, with people at the highest level of intelligence, and I asked them the question,” Trump said.“Does it work? Does torture work? And the answer was yes. Absolutely.”He added: “If they do want to do it, I will work toward that end. I want to do everything within the bounds of what you’re allowed to do legally. But do I feel it works? Absolutely I feel it works.
During one GOP primary debate, Trump indicated that as president, he would force generals and other officials to execute his orders calling for torture.
Trump’s policy “review” concerning Cuba’s human rights takes “pot meets kettle” to a new level. His history of encouraging violence towards U.S. citizens as well as enemy combatants undermines the “moral authority” a president should have when chastising another country’s human rights record. The chances that his re-negotiation with the Cuban government will yield success is about as likely as Mexico paying for his fabled border wall.
And America’s four-year embarrassment continues to deliver.
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