Biden HHS nominee Xavier Becerra met with Fidel Castro in 1997, refused to call for free elections in Cuba

They called us crazy for thinking a Biden administration would bring in supporters and defenders of Cuba’s socialist dictatorship. Victims of disinformation, they said. Seems we’re not all that crazy or misinformed.

Via Fox News:

Becerra in 1997 refused to call for free elections in Cuba

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as a congressman in 1997 refused to call for free elections following a meeting with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and he voted ten years later to end a trade embargo with the communist dictatorship.

Becerra, President Biden’s choice to head the Health and Human Services Department, clashed with Cuban-Americans in the House Hispanic caucus after, as chairman of the group, he traveled to the island to meet with Castro.


Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Republicans from South Florida, said in 1997 that they were “personally insulted” by the then-congressman’s four-day trip to the island nation. They resigned from the caucus, which then had no Republican members left.

Diaz-Balart said that he would not contribute membership dues to the caucus until Becerra “demonstrates minimal respect for the rights of Cubans to be free and calls for free elections for that oppressed island,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Becerra later said he could not issue a call for free and fair elections.

“This is an issue that the caucus doesn’t take positions on,” he said, so he could not make a statement, according to The Hill.

Aides to Becerra brushed off criticisms at the time, saying he had attempted to hear from all sides and had spoken to both Cuban dissidents and Castro himself. 

Becerra later defended the trip, telling NPR: “As an American citizen who has had the privilege now of being elected to Congress … I should be as educated as I can be on a number of issues.

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4 thoughts on “Biden HHS nominee Xavier Becerra met with Fidel Castro in 1997, refused to call for free elections in Cuba”

  1. Oh, but he’s “Latino,” you see, US-born (CA) to Mexican parents, and of course Dem. Any questions? In other words, it is not advisable for Cubans to expect any better from standard-issue “Latinos.”

    However, to be fair, a Cuban(oid) professor then at FIU (surprise!) once refused to admit at a public debate in Miami that the Castro regime was a dictatorship. Let’s face it, shitty people happen.

  2. By the way, I understand that Becerra pronounces his name as “Exavier” as opposed to Javier, which is incorrect, but maybe his Spanish is as bad or worse than that of Julián Castro (though at least Becerra doesn’t look congenitally retarded, so there is that).

  3. Cuban Americans in Congress have to start their own official Cuban American Caucus. LATRINOS simply do not see eye-to-eye with us. Remember the Elian nightmare? Not only did the LATRINOs in Congress not support us, but some of them actively and aggressively came out against us.

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