Friday, June 16, 2017

Pence, Rubio praise POTUS on Cuba

In their speeches, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Marco Rubio praised the Trump administration’s commitment to freedom for the Cuban people.
VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: Since the hour of our nation's birth, the United States has stood for the proposition that all are created equal. That we're endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As Americans, we believe these rights belong to the entire human family. But, for 58 years, the people of Cuba have labored under a repressive regime that has stifled their liberty, and with it, their future.

For generations the sons and daughters of Cuba have come to our shores in search of the freedom that their friends and family at home are denied. But, while you came to the land of the free, you never forgot home.

You raised your voices through the generations to demand that Cuba be free once more, and once again you have a president who hears you and is with you. 

Today President Donald Trump will make it clear that America is with you.
That America stands with the persecuted, the oppressed and the exploited in Cuba.
That this nation stands not with tyrants, but today President Donald Trump will make it clear that the United States of America stands with the courageous men and women of Cuba who seek to reclaim their God-given rights to life and liberty.
Today under the leadership of President Donald Trump, America will say once again, with one voice, “que Viva Cuba Libre. Cuba sí, Castro no.”
SENATOR MARCO RUBIO: Six weeks ago in the oval office, the President of the United States, gathered with members of his Cabinet, made a very clear decision.

We are going to do whatever it takes to empower the Cuban people so that they can be free and live in a democracy and have economic and political liberties that they deserve, like everyone else in this hemisphere deserves, and he has not faltered in that commitment.

The cooperation, the hard work, the commitment that this White House and that President Trump has shown to this cause I believe has no precedent, certainly in the modern history of this great cause.

Whether it's in six months or six years, Cuba will be free.
And when it is - and when it is, I believe that the people on the island and history will say that perhaps the key moment in that transition began on this day, here in this theater, with each of you, and with a president that was willing to do what needed to be done so that freedom and liberty returns to the enslaved island of Cuba.

 Compiled by the Republican National Committee