Several prominent black conservative leaders associated with The National Center for Public Policy Research’s Project 21 – The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives – have roundly condemned President Barack Obama’s trip to Communist Cuba and accused him of “play[ing] kissy-face with the Castros.”
In a Tuesday press release, leaders of the organization state that Obama, “has been humiliated by foreign dictators before, but this trip to Cuba is taking humiliation to a whole new level.” The president was particularly criticized by Project 21 for the manner in which he has dealt with the issue of human rights.
“The White House said the president would not travel to Cuba unless there were improvements in human rights. The White House must have thought the Castros would want the visit so much they’d make at least cosmetic improvements, but President Obama guessed wrong: they didn’t,” stated the organization’s press release.
Project 21 noted the president for arrived when “dissidents were being rounded up even as Air Force One was headed to the island. Some of these ‘dissidents’ have done nothing more than attend church!” Stated Archbishop Council Nedd II.
The incident, which Project 21 is referring to in their press release, is that famed human rights activists The Ladies In White – who are the family members of imprisoned political prisoners – were arrested right after their weekly Sunday protest after Mass. In a joint press conference held Monday, President Raul Castro denied that Cuba had any political prisoners in a blistering response to a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta – who is Cuban American.
Obama along with Castro will watch the Tampa Bay Rays play against the Cuban national team Tuesday evening. Also in attendance will be Colombian Marxist rebels and Colombian government officials – that John Kerry met with – who are negotiating a peace deal in Cuba because they deem it an honest broker.
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