This will be the legacy Arizona senator Jeff Flake will leave behind after his retirement: A fervent and unapologetic defender of the murderous Castro dictatorship and supporter of repression and apartheid in Cuba.
Jeff Flake Lends Support to Cuba’s Puppet President
U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) enjoyed a “friendly meeting” with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Monday, praising his “fluent” understanding of internet issues as an engineer.
The meeting was the first with an American government guest since taking office for Díaz-Canel, who remains subordinate to the country’s leader, dictator Raúl Castro.
Joining Flake in Havana was the chief executive of Google, Eric Schmidt, who encouraged Communist Party leaders to allow internet companies to seek greater profits on the island.
During a brief press engagement with Schmidt, Flake praised Díaz-Canel and stated he had a “good meeting” with him. “We are hopeful for the future if we can have more connectivity, more travel, more meetings with Cubans and vice versa,” he told reporters.
“It was certainly a friendly meeting with the president, he very much … he’s an engineer and was certainly, talking about this subject, was very fluent in what is needed in Cuba and the benefits that come from greater connectivity,” Flake said.
Flake, who has compared democratically elected U.S. President Donald Trump to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, did not publicly challenge Díaz-Canel or any Cuban officials on the gross human rights violation the Castro regime has inflicted on its people for six decades.
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