Secret Cuba Trip Revealed

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( – This week, the Miami Herald shed light on a previously undisclosed visit to communist Cuba by some US Representatives.

The Representatives in question are none other than Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

The trip, made in February, saw the congresswomen engaging with officials from the Castro regime, representing the “Congressional Progressive Caucus.” The delegation also included a representative from the office of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), although the Cuban government and the lawmakers themselves had not publicized their visit.

Following the Herald’s report, the caucus confirmed the trip, stating, “Representatives Jayapal and Omar traveled to Cuba last week, where they met with people from across Cuban civil society and government officials to discuss human rights and the U.S.-Cuba bilateral relationship.” However, details about the visit remain scarce, with no further comments from the involved members of Congress or the Cuban Communist Party. The party’s official state newspaper, Granma, known for its propaganda, has not mentioned the visit.

The Cuban External Relations Ministry (MINREX) acknowledged a visit by American officials, noting that diplomat Kerri Hannan met with regime officials in Havana. Yet, there’s no confirmation from “civil society” groups in Cuba about meetings with Jayapal and Omar, particularly on human rights discussions.

In Cuba, the operation of independent civil society groups is severely restricted by the Communist Party, with organizations like the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) facing repression. José Daniel Ferrer, head of UNPACU, has been missing for three months, with the regime refusing to disclose his whereabouts to his family.

The visit coincided with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s tour to Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, highlighting the island’s connections with other states opposed to U.S. interests. Cuban “president” Miguel Díaz-Canel met with Lavrov, sending a warm greeting to President Vladimir Putin and discussing bilateral relations.

Lavrov criticized the U.S. designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, calling it an “absurdity.” This list, which includes Iran, Syria, and North Korea, ties Cuba to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and its support for terrorist acts. Rep. Jayapal has echoed Lavrov’s sentiment, pushing for the removal of Cuba from the list to alleviate economic pressures exacerbated by the designation.

The economic challenges in Cuba however stem from decades of communist rule characterized by mismanagement and suppression.

The Castro regime’s handling of resources has led to severe shortages with the government suggesting unconventional food sources to its citizens amidst scarcity.