While Venezuela and Nicaragua are reportedly out, the White House is still inexplicably considering inviting Cuba’s murderous Castro dictatorship to the Summit of the Americas. It makes no sense at all, but if it did, that would be a first for the Biden administration.
Biden Admin Excludes Venezuela and Nicaragua from Summit of Americas
U.S. State Department official Kevin O’Reilly, coordinator of the Summit of the Americas scheduled to begin on June 6, said on Thursday that a final decision has been made to exclude Venezuela and Nicaragua. The Biden administration is still struggling to decide whether Cuba will be invited.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel said on Thursday he will not attend even if invited. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been threatening to lead a boycott that could cause the summit to collapse if all Latin American nations are not invited.
O’Reilly told the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Thursday that no representative of dictator Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela would be invited to the summit, because “we don’t recognize them as a sovereign government.”
O’Reilly added that inviting Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó, installed to replace Maduro in 2019 as per the rules written in the country’s constitution, was possible but would be a “White House call.” Guaidó, despite having legal authority, exercises no meaningful power within Venezuela and has failed to weaken the Maduro regime in any way since becoming president, frustrating the dozens of nations recognizing him as the rightful leader of the country.
O’Reilly repeated the line about the White House making the “call,” and refusing to say whether it has been made, numerous times under questioning from a frustrated Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“Why is it so hard to answer these things? These are pretty straightforward questions. I’m not trying to trick you,” Rubio said.
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