Sen. Marco Rubio on communist Cuban agents touring a U.S. military HQ: ‘Not on my watch’

It’s difficult enough to defend U.S. national security from Castro dictatorship’s very effective espionage network, but with Biden opening the front door and waving them in, it becomes nearly impossible.

An Op-Ed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) via

Cuban agents in U.S. military headquarters? ‘Not on my watch’ says Florida U.S. senator

“I gotta talk to you about Cuba.” Viewers wondered what President Joe Biden meant by that comment to his colleague, caught on a hot microphone after the State of the Union address. Now we can guess what the president was hinting at: a plan to further reestablish ties with the Cuban regime, starting with inviting its security agents to observe security procedures at a working U.S. port.

The administration notified Congress of that invitation last Friday afternoon. I’m sure Biden and the regime apologists in his administration hoped their announcement would go unnoticed, but they were out of luck. The Cuban Border Guard and Ministry of Foreign Affairs are high-level entities in a dictatorship classified as a state sponsor of terrorism. Inviting those agents to tour a sensitive U.S. site is, simply put, unconscionable.

Listening to pro-Cuba activists in the United States, you would think Cuba is just a poor country and that establishing closer ties with its communist regime would benefit both parties. But the regime is one of our greatest regional adversaries. It undermines democratic order and provides safe haven to American fugitives and terrorists, like Joanne Chesimard, Guillermo Morales, Charlie Hill and Victor Manuel Gerena. Moreover, Cuban spies are working to infiltrate our ranks and harm our nation.

If anyone doubts the regime’s intentions, they should look at how it treats its own people. Since the historic “J-11” protests of July 2021, the dictatorship has unjustly detained dozens of Cuban citizens every month. Cuba now has more than 1,000 political prisoners, and if the brutal beating of democracy activist José Daniel Ferrer is any indication, their suffering is great. This regime does not mean well — not for the Cuban people, and certainly not for the United States.

That’s why I demanded the president cancel the planned visit. Would we be so naïve as to welcome the Chinese Communist Party to tour our naval bases? Would we invite the Sinaloa and the Jalisco New Generation cartels to learn how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security detects and stops shipments of drugs at the southern border?

It’s impossible to justify bringing agents of an adversarial regime, especially one that works with terrorists and drug traffickers such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army (ELN), also in Colombia, to spy on a U.S. port.

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