The White House said Tuesday it was exploring ways to help Cubans involved in anti-government protests. The United States (US) government also holds the Cuban government accountable for suppressing freedoms in the island nation.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters the US was working to identify Cuban officials responsible for attacks on peaceful protesters.
At the same time, he said the US was working to improve access to the internet in Cuba, increase humanitarian aid and design a remittance system that Cuban expatriates could use to send money to their Cuban relatives without government intervention that could potentially steal it.
Psaki said the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control “will continue to investigate Cuban officials responsible for human rights abuses against peaceful protesters.”
In addition, he said the government was setting up a “remittance working group to identify the most effective means of sending money directly into the hands of the Cuban people.”
Psaki said the US had long been concerned about Havana’s actions to steal money destined for its citizens.
The US is also considering adding staff to the US Embassy in Havana.
The Biden administration has not announced any action against Cuba, but has carried out an ongoing review of US-Cuban policy. The White House said Monday that officials met with a group of Cuban American leaders “to listen to their policy recommendations and concerns.”
A White House statement stressed that addressing the current situation in Cuba “is a top priority.” [lt/em]